Rohingya Muslims flee
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.