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Journalists explain Rohingya refugee crisis

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Journalists explain Rohingya refugee crisis

World Bulletin / News Desk

Explaining the situation in Myanmar’s restive Rakhine state, Rohingya journalists from Germany, Bangladesh and Myanmar shared their bitter experiences while covering the Rohingya refugee crisis.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency on Monday, Mohammad Qadir, who has been reporting on Rohingya for more than six years, said they face difficulties in collecting information from inside the Rakhine state of Myanmar. 

The Rohingya, described by the UN as the world's most persecuted people, have faced heightened fears of attack since dozens were killed in communal violence in 2012.

“We have faced oppressions while working in Bangladesh, especially between 2012 and 2016. Police and intelligence agencies tried to arrest me. I had fled to Thailand,” said Qadir, a senior reporter of the Burma Times. 

“But now we can freely work at Rohingya camps,” he said referring to the refugee camps in southeastern Bangladeshi district of Cox’s Bazar hosting hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who fled from Myanmar.

Since Aug. 25, 2017, more than 750,000 refugees, including women and children, have fled Rakhine state, mostly to bordering Bangladesh, when Myanmar forces launched a crackdown on the minority Muslim community, according to Amnesty International.

The refugees are fleeing a military operation in which security forces and Buddhist mobs have killed men, women and children, looted homes and torched Rohingya villages.

 

Last Mod: 26 Şubat 2018, 14:43
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