We have heard a lot in news headlines about Rohingya, Myanmar and refugee camps. But, what exactly is Rohingya? It is a group of stateless Indo-Aryan people and approximately 1 million of them have been reported to live in Myanmar before the military crackdown. The crackdown was a response to the attacks that took place at the borders of Myanmar. This is one of the reasons why the army has been accused of wide-scale human rights violations, including extrajudicial killings, gang rapes and what not.
There have been various things that are going on around the globe while we are sitting and sipping coffee in bed. We are not acquainted with a lot of happenings,
We have listed down all harsh, brutal and lesser-known facts about the refugee crisis that is taking place in Myanmar. Let's take a look at them.
According to India Times, around 1,100 Rohingya refugees arrived in Bangladesh to escape from the conflict that took place. A large number of children disappeared, and it is reported that they have become the victims of human trafficking.
Though leading news channels have shared the figures, the situation is still under covers to some extent because complete access inside Myanmar hasn't been provided due to the sensitive conditions.
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Unorganised people, who the people of Myanmar say are insurgents had attacked the borders, and it resulted in deaths of many. Dozens of firearms and boxes of ammunition were looted by the attackers from the border posts as per the reports and data mentioned on Wikipedia.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimated that 25,000 people had been taken to boats from January to March in 2015 by human traffickers. That is a huge number, and the officials are unaware of where these people went. Isn't that shocking?
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There has been a high probability of underage marriages in Rohingyas and that too for a really long part of the decade. To make matters worse, many times they are forced.
Girls, as young as 12 years of age are sold off in neighbouring countries and that is not enough, they are forcefully married to men who are decades older than them. The girls become victims of human traffickers too.
India Times recorded the data of Reuters report and it states that the demand of Rohingya brides has increased and smugglers are estimated to earn up to 7,000 Ringgit (£1,249) for each girl's sale to a man.
After Aung San Suu Kyi rose to power, people thought that the situation will improve but it looks like she is also criticised for standing silently while widespread violence is committed against the Rohingyas.
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To defend her handling of the crisis, she said, "Our resources are not as complete and adequate as we would like them to be but still, we try our best, and we want to make sure that everyone is entitled to the protection of the law."
Rejected by the country they call home and unwanted by its neighbours, the Rohingya are impoverished, virtually stateless and have been fleeing Myanmar since decades.
That's all, people.
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