They live without a home, unwanted in any country they seek asylum from; abandoned by every government.
The Rohingya Muslims are considered one of the most oppressed people in the world. The majority of the Rohingya live in Buddhist Myanmar, also known as Burma. Many live in Rakhine in destitute camps, or spend their lives running away from violence.
A fierce clash between the security forces of Myanmar and the Rohingya that broke out in this southeast Asian nation, has left countless dead, entire communities burned to the ground, and has forced the Rohingyas to flee, afraid for their lives.
For many years, the Rohingya have been simultaneously granted, then refused citizenship in Myanmar. Because of this, there have been regular clashes between the Rohingya and the country’s security forces, as well as other ethnic groups in Rakhine, which are predominantly Buddhist. Rohingya extremist groups are often involved in the clashes.
Since the 25th of August 2016, hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas have had to flee from the intensified military forces of the Myanmar security, across the border to Bangladesh.
The Bangladeshi government too has refused to see them as Bangladeshis; even though there have been thousands of Rohingya living in Bangladesh for centuries. This action has sent many back to Myanmar, where they again, are unwanted.
To combat this crisis, the UN (United Nations) Rights group has had to get involved in this issue, and accuse the Myanmar government of “ethnic cleansing through its repressive policies”.
Other countries in Asia have been just as hostile to this minority. In 2015, many Rohingya people were stranded at sea in Southeast Asia, as surrounding countries like Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia refused to take them in.
Indonesians, however, have shown an affinity towards the Rohingya, by participating and carrying out regular protests in support of them, as Indonesia is the biggest Muslim-majority nation in the world.
This crisis regarding the lives of thousands, will continue unless a country can welcome them in, and finally give them a proper home.
By Roisin (DP1)
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