World must stop ignoring the plight of Myanmar’s Rohingyas.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 25, 2017.
Myanmar, once known as Burma, is a country of 53 million, and the vast majority of its population is Buddhist. It became part of the British Empire with the subjugation of the Arakan and adjoining kingdoms.
Beginning in the 17th century, the empire imported laborers from Bengal (now Bangladesh), which borders the Rakhine province of Myanmar. The descendants of those workers, and others, are today’s Rohingyas, Muslim by religion and now numbering more than one million.
The Rohingyas are one of the world’s most persecuted minorities and the largest single group of stateless people. They are not accepted as citizens of Myanmar, but rather as interlopers from Bangladesh. But that country doesn’t accept them as citizens either. Read more.