DEPARTURE. Pope Francis boards a plane to Yangon on November 26, 2017 at Rome’s Fiumicino airport. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP Pope Francis will arrive in Myanmar hoping to encourage efforts to contain a crisis that has seen many of the Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority in the mostly Buddhist Myanmar, forced from their homes
ROME, Italy (Nov. 27, 2017) — Pope Francis set off Sunday, November 26, on his 21st and possibly most delicate overseas trip yet, a 6-day visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh against the backdrop of the unfolding Rohingya refugee crisis.
Continue reading Pope heads to Myanmar and into Rohingya crisis IN LIMBO. This file photo taken on October 09, 2017 shows Rohingya refugees wait after crossing the Naf river from Myanmar into Bangladesh in Whaikhyang on October 9, 2017. Fred Dufour/AFP It remains unclear how many Rohingya will be allowed back and how long the process will take
YANGON, Myanmar (Nov. 23, 2017) — Bangladesh and Myanmar will start repatriating refugees in two months, Dhaka said Thursday, November 23, as global pressure mounts over a crisis that has forced more than 600,000 Rohingya to flee across the border.
Continue reading Bangladesh, Myanmar agree to start Rohingya return in two months An eight-year-old Rohingya girl inside a refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The report is based on 65 interviews with Rohingya who recently arrived in Bangladesh. Photograph: Jorge Silva/Reuters Region’s head of human rights calls on Aung San Suu Kyi to stop violence as report says ‘clearance operations’ include killings, torture and rape
October 11, 2017 — Myanmar security forces have driven out half a million Muslim Rohingya from northern Rakhine state, torching their homes, crops and villages to prevent them from returning, the UN human rights office said on Wednesday.
Continue reading UN report details brutal Myanmar effort to drive out half a million Rohingya A woman carrying a baby walks among debris after fire destroyed shelters at a camp for internally displaced Rohingya Muslims in the western Rakhine State near Sittwe, Myanmar May 3, 2016. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun Security forces may be committing crimes against humanity, the UN warns
January 26, 2017 — Devastating reports of growing violence against a Muslim minority group in western Myanmar have prompted humanitarian groups to call for urgent foreign intervention, even as Myanmar’s government denies the mounting allegations.
Continue reading Thousands Of Rohingya Muslims Flee Myanmar As Government Denies Abuse ROHINGYA. Protestors rally against the Aung San Suu Kyi government’s order to refer to the Rohingya as “Muslim communities in Rakhine”. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP Rallyists are opposing the term ‘Muslim communities in Rakhine State’ to refer to the Rohingya
YANGON, Myanmar (July 3, 2016) — Myanmar’s bitterly-divided Rakhine State saw mass protests Sunday, July 3, as thousands of Buddhists, including monks, demonstrated in a show of opposition to a government edict referring to Muslim communities in the
Continue reading Restless Myanmar state sees mass anti-Muslim protests Image by Rappler.com Shan, a large and hilly province on Myanmar’s eastern border, hosts multiple insurgencies by ethnic minorities fighting for greater autonomy or independence
NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar (Mar. 14, 2016) — Thousands of civilians have fled their homes in northeastern Myanmar after a recent upswing in fighting between ethnic minority rebels and the army, combatants and witnesses said on Sunday, March 13.
Continue reading Thousands flee fighting in Myanmar’s Shan State