‘Starting life over’: Rohingya flee violence by boat, foot and truck

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Dozens of people emerged from the dark, eerie waters, carrying babies, small children and stuffed plastic bags through the depth of the night, their faces barely visible under the dim stars. Setting foot on the remote shores of Shah Porir island in southern Bangladesh, they were the lucky ones. One of the small wooden fishing boats carrying Rohingya Muslims fleeing from Myanmar capsized last week, killing dozens, their lifeless bodies dragged away by the current. They swept up on the shores ...

Thousands more Rohingya Muslims cross border into Bangladesh

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Thousands more Rohingya Muslims are fleeing large-scale violence and persecution in Myanmar and crossing into Bangladesh, where more than half a million others are already living in squalid and overcrowded camps, according to witnesses and a drone video shot by the UN office for refugees. The UNHCR video shot Monday shows thousands upon thousands of Rohingya Muslims trudging along a narrow strip of land alongside what appears to a rain-swollen creek in the Palong Khali area in southern ...

Aung San Suu Kyi has not changed – We simply ignored evidence of her ideology

Sunday, 8 October 2017

The Rohingya exodus into Bangladesh has now exceeded half a million with approx half of those being children. At this rate, we can expect the entire Rohingya population to be ethnically cleansed by the end of the year. One of the most reported aspects of this crisis in the international media has been the puzzling response of the leader of the country, the long-loved global icon, Aung San Suu Kyi. It would seem we are still finding personalities and personality politics easier to process than ...

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

Boat carrying asylum seekers from Myanmar capsizes off Bangladesh

Sunday, 8 October 2017

At least two people have died after a boat carrying refugees fleeing Myanmar capsized on its way to Bangladesh on Sunday, local authorities told Reuters. The boat sank near Shah Porir Dwip, on the southern tip of Bangladesh, said Lieutenant Colonel Ariful Islam, the local commander of Border Guard Bangladesh. He confirmed via SMS that the bodies of a boy and an elderly woman had been recovered in the water while eight others had been rescued. The rescue operation was ...

Bangladesh’s mega refugee camp plan ‘dangerous’: UN official

Saturday, 7 October 2017

A top UN official said Saturday Bangladesh’s plan to build the world’s biggest refugee camp for 800,000-plus Rohingya Muslims was dangerous because overcrowding could heighten the risks of deadly diseases spreading quickly. The arrival of more than half a million Rohingya refugees who have fled an army crackdown in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state since August 25 has put an immense strain on already packed camps in Bangladesh. Hard-pressed Bangladesh authorities plan to expand ...

Myanmar beauty queen dethroned ‘after posting Rohingya video’

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

A Myanmar beauty queen says she was stripped of her pageant title after posting a graphic video accusing Muslim Rohingya militants of driving communal violence in Rakhine state, a conflict fraught with controversy in the mainly Buddhist country. Myanmar’s army is accused of waging an ethnic cleansing campaign against the Rohingya in the far west, where more than half a million of the Muslim minority have fled across the border to Bangladesh since August 25. In the face of intense global ...

Guterres to Myanmar: End military ops, open humanitarian access

Friday, 29 September 2017

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres decried the humanitarian “nightmare” faced by Myanmar’s Rohingya on Thursday and demanded that the government end military operations and open humanitarian access to its conflict-wracked western region. “The situation has spiraled into the world’s fastest developing refugee emergency, a humanitarian and human rights nightmare,” Guterres said in a speech to the UN Security Council. More than 500,000 Rohingya refugees have ...

How institutionalized racism fuels the Rohingya genocide

Thursday, 28 September 2017

“The military took away my father along with all other men from our village. They set fire to the house with my mother inside. She was burned to death,” says Mohammad Jakaria, 13, who fled to Bangladesh with his neighbours. His sister still remains at large. This is just one of thousands of similar experiences that Myanmar’s ethnic Rohingya population have endured over the last month. More than a thousand Rohingya have been killed in Rakhine state and close to 500,000 Rohingya ...

Myanmar says no ‘ethnic cleansing,’ genocide against Muslims

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Myanmar is committing crimes against humanity in its campaign against Muslim insurgents in Rakhine state, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday, and it called for the UN Security Council to impose sanctions and an arms embargo. A government spokesman was not immediately available for comment but Myanmar has rejected UN accusations that its forces are engaged in ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims in response to coordinated attacks by Rohingya insurgents on the security forces on Aug. 25. ...

The Buddhist version of Hassan Nasrallah

Monday, 25 September 2017

You probably wouldn’t have heard of Ashin Wirathu and you are not to blame for it. Wirathu is an extremist Buddhist monk from Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, whom American Time magazine described as a symbol and face of Buddhist terrorism? He is leading a vicious campaign of extremism and violence against the Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine State of Myanmar.He and his brutal militias have been killing, torturing and forcing hundreds of thousands of Muslims to abandon their homes to live ...

Hussein Shobokshi

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