WATCH: Muslim Refugees Swim Across River To Escape Death Squad

Gabrielle Okun | Reporter

Thousands of Rohingya Muslims, a minority ethnic group who live in the Rakhine state of Myanmar were captured in a video, swimming across the water to escape persecution and traveling to Bangladesh Thursday.

Rohingya Muslim’s traveled 12 miles through jungles to the Myanmar border to Bangladesh, fleeing the ethnic cleansing due to Burma not recognizing them as an ethnic group in the Rakhine state and claiming that they are living in the country illegally, reported the Independent.

The Rohingya refugee crisis is considered the “world’s fastest-growing refugee emergency” after beginning to flee Aug. 25, stated Antonio Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General.

“The access we have in northern Rakhine state is unacceptable,” said Mark Lowcock, the head of the United Nations humanitarian office to reporters in Geneva.

The military crackdown causing a massive exodus of Rohingya refugees started in August after Rohingya Muslim insurgents attacked police posts and army bases, this led to 400 deaths and thousands to flee.

The Rohingya Muslims stated that the Rakhine Buddhists are trying to drive them out, however, the government disputed these claims stating that militants are destroying their own home.

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