We are reporting on the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar. The Rohingya are being discriminated against and driven out of their homes because they are an ethnic and religious minority. 90% of the country’s population are Buddhist, but the Rohingya are Muslim, and therefore they have received little support within their own country.
Many atrocities have been committed against Rohingya communities. Kobir Basar, one of the Rohingya people, experienced the situation first-hand and says that his family have lived in Myanmar for hundreds of years. Basar recalls, “The military set fire to our houses and were chasing people and killing them. That’s why we had to try to escape. I saw this all with my own eyes.” He is now living in a refugee camp in Bangladesh, just over the border from his home country.
Due to the lack of response from Myanmar’s government, the UN have had to step in. They collected photos, videos and satellite images of Myanmar which showed the events taking place. António Guterres, the UN Secretary General is very worried abut the refugee crisis. He states, “The situation has spiralled into the world’s fastest developing refugee emergency and a humanitarian and human rights nightmare.”
The future of the Rohingya is still uncertain as many are living in temporary accommodation or stranded across the border in refugee camps. How do you you think this crisis can be solved, considering that it's basis is deep-set prejudice.
Any comments or differences of opinion welcome!
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