A Rohingya refugee carries her child in a refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, September 24, 2017. (REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton)
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Doctors treating some of the 429,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar in recent weeks have seen dozens of women with injuries consistent with violent sexual attacks, U.N. clinicians and other health workers said.It is rare for U.N. doctors and aid agencies to speak about rape allegedly committed by a state's armed forces, given the sensitivity of the matter.Doctors at a clinic run by the U.N.'s International Organization for Migration (IOM) at the Leda makeshift refugee say they treated hundreds of women with injuries they said were from violent sexual assaults during the army operation in October and November.One said a 20-year-old woman was treated on Sept. 10, seven days after she said she was raped by a soldier in Myanmar.At Bangladesh government clinics supported by U.N. agencies in the Ukhia area, doctors reported treating 19 women who had been raped, said Dr. Misbah Uddin Ahmed, head of the main health complex there, citing reports from female clinicians.SGBV, or sexual and gender-based violence is used to refer to only cases of rape, according to U.N. doctors.
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