Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Myanmar's fleeing Rohingya

Nearly 100,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to neighboring Bangladesh from Myanmar since October, when the military launched a crackdown in the wake of a deadly attack on an army post.
The UN said in a report last month Myanmar's army and police had committed mass killings and gang rapes of Rohingya in northern Rakhine state in a campaign that may amount to crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing.
The recent exodus of Rohingya, who have been stripped of their citizenship and face widespread discrimination, has once again brought their plight into the international spotlight.
According to al Jazeera about one million Rohingya have fled Myanmar since the first brutal military action in 1977. [Actual numbers are much higher, close to 2 million.]
The majority have taken refuge in Bangladesh, but other countries in Asia and the Middle East have opened their doors to one of the world's most prosecuted communities.

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