The Rohingya are often described as "the world's most persecuted
minority". They are an ethnic group, majority of whom are Muslim, who have lived for centuries in the majority Buddhist Myanmar. Currently, there are about 1.1 million Rohingya who live in the Southeast Asian country.
Where are the Rohingya from?
Muslims have lived in the area now known as Myanmar since as early as the 12th century, according to many historians and Rohingya groups.
The Arakan Rohingya National Organisation has said, "Rohingyas have been living in Arakan from time immemorial," referring to the area now known as Rakhine.
The Rohingya are often described as "the world's most persecuted minority". Since the 1970s, a number of crackdowns on the Rohingya in Rakhine State have forced hundreds of thousands to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh, as well as Malaysia, Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries. During such crackdowns, refugees have often reported rape, torture, arson and murder by Myanmar security forces.
What can you do about it?
The best thing you can do to help those who are being oppressed is to keep the conversation going and spread awareness. you should also get used to contacting your local MP to urge them to do more as they are supposed to be representing you.
Do something now and help the people of Rohingya.