Who are they?
The Rohingya Muslims are an ethnic minority that is being cruelly driven out of their homes by the state of Myanmar, encouraged by Buddhist militants. Over half a million Rohingya Muslims have been forced to flee the violence, extreme poverty, and discrimination to Bangladesh. Many of these refugees have walked for days, even weeks on end, dragging their horrible experiences and stories with them.
What has happened?
In 2015, the majority of the Rohingya Muslims were located in Myanmar, but now roughly 484,000 are based in Myanmar, with 947,000 plus now located in Bangladesh. Staggering numbers of this tribe have been forced to migrate to Bangladesh. Many of you may be wondering what was so bad that they had to leave their homes. Here are some cases of young children that were caught up in the trauma:
"The day the military came, they burnt down the village and shot my mother as she was trying to escape. My father couldn’t walk, so they stabbed him. I saw this with my own eyes," says 10-year-old Mohammed Belal who managed to run away from his village
12-year-old Rahman: "They set fire to my home, and my mother was ill, so she could not leave," he says.
Sokina Khatun says, “Their (her children) throats were cut in front of their grandparents," she says. "I was numb, I couldn’t feel the pain. Right now my mind is not normal,"
What is the Prime Minister doing to stop this?
As you have read, the Rohingya Muslims have been through a lot and it is quite disturbing that the Prime Minister of Myanmar has done essentially nothing to stop this situation, despite the fact that she has won a Nobel peace prize in the past. Many monks such as U Razar, part of the extreme Buddhist group, the Ma Ba Tha, believe that all Muslims are terrorists and mean harm and terror, so they feel as though they need to get rid of all Muslims.
How to help?
Many are in need of water, shelter, food, and medicine. To help there are various charities you can donate to, such as UNICEF.