Daily Archives: December 3, 2017

Rohingya asylum seekers and Afghan refugees at the Tangerang immigration office, Indonesia. Photo: AFP

Rohingya or Afghan? In Indonesia, a tale of two refugee groups

Indonesia treats its 14,000 refugees relatively benignly, but as countries such as the US restrict their intake, the wait for a new life only increases. And as resettlement opportunities shrink, conditions get worse   On a...
A Rohingya woman and her child returning to the Basara camp in Sittwe, Myanmar. Across central Rakhine, about 120,000 Rohingya have been interned in camps. Many more have fled the country.

Rohingya who says she was raped in Myanmar hopes pope can help find justice

  DHAKA (Reuters) - A 27-year-old Rohingya Muslim woman refugee from Myanmar will meet Pope Francis on Friday in the hope he can help her find justice for the abuse she says she suffered at...
(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Salt Lake City couple Mike and Stephanie Santarosa listen as their foster son Rohim, 14, talks about life in Utah with his new family since July 2016. Recently, Faisal, 18, in background, is the second Rohingya Muslim foster son to join the family through a program offered by Catholic Community Services.

Rohingya boys flee Myanmar’s ‘ethnic cleansing’ and find a new family in Salt Lake...

Refugee Foster Care Program offers a new life to Burmese who escape the violent crisis in Southeast Asia. Mike and Stephanie Santarosa can’t imagine life without Rohim, their 14-year-old Rohingya Muslim foster son from Myanmar...
Why is the pact on Rohingya important?

Why is the pact on Rohingya important?

  Who signed the deal? Bangladesh and Myanmar announced last week that they had signed a Memorandum of Agreement to begin the repatriation of more than 6,20,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled to Bangladesh in the...
Pope Francis interacts with a Rohingya Muslim refugee at an interfaith peace meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. Pope Francis ordained 16 priests during a Mass in Bangladesh on Friday, the start of a busy day that will bring him face-to-face with Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar at an interreligious prayer for peace. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

Analysis: Face-to-face with Rohingya, pope ditches diplomacy

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Pope Francis has gotten into trouble before for ditching diplomatic protocol and calling a spade a spade, most famously when he labeled the Ottoman-era slaughter of Armenians a "genocide" from...
A house burned by Myanmar’s military in a Rohingya village in Rakhine State in September. Credit Nyein Chan Naing/European Pressphoto Agency

‘No Such Thing as Rohingya’: Myanmar Erases a History

  SITTWE, Myanmar — He was a member of the Rohingya student union in college, taught at a public high school and even won a parliamentary seat in Myanmar’s thwarted elections in 1990. But according to...

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More than 620,000 Rohingya people have fled into Bangladesh [Andrew Stanbridge/Amnesty International]

Virtual reality 360 film shows Rohingya’s plight

  A man forced to bury his son after watching Myanmar's military kill him, a woman who was gang-raped by soldiers, and another woman who...
Reuters reporter Ko Wa Lone, left, and Ko Kyaw Soe Oo. (Facebook)

Two journalists covering Rohingya crisis in Burma arrested for possessing ‘secret papers’

Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who in recent months have covered the military crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority in Burma,...
The remains of burnt villages near Maungdaw in Northern Rakhine State are seen on Oct. 10, 2017. Rohingya Muslims remaining in Myanmar's Rakhine state and other communities in the violence-racked region are so terrified of each other that life has basically ground to a halt, the Red Cross said on Dec. 13, 2017. (Marion Thibaut / AFP/Getty Images)

Aid group says at least 6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar in first month of...

The international aid group Doctors Without Borders has released the first survey-based estimate of how many Rohingya were killed during the first and bloodiest...
What is important is the fact that the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s high-level meeting with Chief Ministers of five North-Eastern States

Facing the Rohingya challenge

India is spot on in its approach of tightening borders controls to handle the influx of Rohingya Muslims. However, unless New Delhi takes the...
Described as ‘wretched of the earth’ they are unwanted in Myanmar and across the border in Bangladesh where they have have taken shelter.video

VIDEO: The Rohingyas ‘Long March to Freedom’

ROME, Dec 13 2017 (IPS) - Over 800 000 of the 1.1 million Rohingya Muslims from the Rakhine state in Myanmar have been on...