Ro­hingya Mus­lims flee

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More than 300,000 Ro­hingya Mus­lims have fled from Myan­mar to Bangladesh since vi­o­lence erupted there in Au­gust.

Myan­mar’s cit­i­zens are mainly Bud­dhist;

Ro­hingya are not recog­nised as le­gal cit­i­zens by the coun­try’s govern­ment. This is not the first time vi­o­lence has bro­ken out, and those who have made it to Bangladesh have joined hun­dreds of thou­sands of Ro­hingya al­ready liv­ing in refugee camps close to the bor­der be­tween the two coun­tries.

The lat­est vi­o­lence be­gan af­ter Ro­hingya fight­ers at­tacked sev­eral po­lice posts and killed 12 peo­ple. Since then Ro­hingya vil­lages have been burned and peo­ple at­tacked by govern­ment forces. Ro­hingya have also been hurt by land­mines – bombs that are hid­den on or un­der the ground.

The United Na­tions has ac­cused Myan­mar’s govern­ment of forc­ing the Ro­hingya to flee and the coun­try’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been crit­i­cised for not speak­ing out against the vi­o­lence. She has promised to “take care of ev­ery­body who is in our coun­try”. Suu Kyi was awarded a No­bel Peace Prize in 1991 for her hu­man rights work. At the time she was a po­lit­i­cal pris­oner – de­tained for her de­mands for free­dom for Myan­mar’s cit­i­zens.

Ro­hingya Mus­lims are flee­ing to Bangladesh.

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