Rohingya: The Plight of a People
Imagine one day you are outside your village home, playing with your little sister and your farm animals, when all of a sudden you hear gunfire and see armed men burn down your house, rape your mother, and you watch your neighbors get slaughtered as their children look on. That is the reality of the Rohingya.
Almost 6 years ago, the Rohingya refugee crisis began as families fled Rakhine state in Myanmar, a place that has been home to their forefathers for generations, predating Bangladesh and Myanmar's independence. The sheer horror felt by these people, scampering through paddy fields, their lives on their backs and children in their hands, leaving their homes and livelihoods behind, does not come close to anything any of us living a privileged life have felt. As we observe World Refugee Day, it is easy to focus on the trauma and hardships of these people solely, and not delve deeper into the causes and nature of this ethnic cleansing to discuss what policy decisions can solve this humanitarian crisis.
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