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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Rohingya refugees gesture to Bangladeshi fish sellers at the dawn fish market in Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh, March 27, 2018. Source: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

There are now 1.2 million Rohingya refugees

  ROHINGYA refugees from Burma (Myanmar) now number more than 1.2 million people, according to data from the United Nations. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) released...
Rohingya refugee girls are seen at Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh. Photo: Anisur Rahman/ Star

Hiding from traffickers in ‘prison-like’ tents, Rohingya girls dream of school

  Trapped inside "prison-like" tents in Bangladesh's refugee camps because of fears they will be trafficked or sexually harassed, teenage Rohingya girls dream of going...
Rohingya case, a litmus test for the world community

Rohingya case, a litmus test for the world community

CR Abrar, Professor of International Relations at the University of Dhaka, talks to Eresh Omar Jamal about Myanmar's genocidal campaign against the Rohingyas and...
People walk after a storm at Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh June 10, 2018. Kristiana Marton/Save the Children/Handout via REUTERS

Race against time: Officials struggle to protect Rohingya refugees ahead of peak monsoon

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - International aid agencies and Bangladesh authorities are struggling to protect hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees against deadly monsoon...
Rohingya girls face 'prison-like' conditions in refugee camps

Rohingya girls face ‘prison-like’ conditions in refugee camps

(CNN)Adolescent Rohingya girls are being kept in stifling conditions in refugee camps in Bangladesh, unable to go out, deprived of education and facing prospects...