An Overview of the Rohingya Crisis

Large-scale damage and loss of life among Rohingya refugees

In August 2017, Myanmar’s military launched a crackdown on Rohingya which pushed hundreds of thousands of people out of the country and into Bangladesh. The Rohingya had been victims of horrible hate crimes such as rape, slaughter and village burnings, which resulted in them being unable to stay in their country for fear of their safety. The Rohingya are a Muslim minority in a predominantly Buddhist country. Myanmar’s leaders view them largely as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and treat them accordingly. They are not recognized as an ethnic group by the Myanmar government, which some use as justification for the mistreats of the Rohingya by the Burmese. The discrimination against the Rohingya could be considered to be a genocide; indeed, UN investigators accuse the Myanmar army of ethnic cleansing.

An estimated 700,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh, which in turn has caused a refugee crisis there. Tens of thousands of Rohingya have been displaced from their homes to refugee camps, and denied basic human rights and freedom of movement. Bangladesh has been faced with an immense dilemma: try to feed, house and integrate over 700,000 Rohingya refugees or send them back to Myanmar. It is not clear what Bangladesh will do. They worry that the international community is taking the refugee camps for granted and are also receiving pressure from China to return refugees. China wishes to stay in good terms with Myanmar and believes they will be criticised for doing so if the crisis is not settled. The Rohingya don’t seem to be wanted anywhere, although they are victims and have been stripped of their basic human rights.

To help the Rohingya in refugee camps in Bangladesh you can donate here: https://www.unicef.org.uk/donate/rohingya-refugees/

Natalia V