Theresa May has strongly condemned the crisis in Myanmar which ‘looks like ethnic cleansing’ of Muslims. Hundreds of thousands of refugees have poured over the border into Bangladesh, with harrowing stories of starvation, rape, and loss of their homes. The Rohingya people who live in western Rakhine state are a minority in the mainly Buddhist nation and are being driven out by a government which denies their right to citizenship. The country’s military and governing authorities ‘must take full responsibility’, Theresa May has said. She described images of young Rohingya children ’emaciated and pleading for help’ as ‘heartbreaking’.
She pledged that Britain would continue to play a ‘leading role’ to stop the violence in Rohingya villages which began in August, prompting more than 600,000 people to cross the border into Bangladesh. Addressing the Lord Mayor’s Banquet at the City of London’s Guildhall, Mrs May said the UK must ‘step up our efforts to respond to the desperate plight of Rohingyas – brought home to us again on our TV screens so graphically today, with heart-breaking images of young children emaciated and pleading for help’. She went on: ‘This is a major humanitarian crisis which looks like ethnic cleansing. And it is something for which the Burmese authorities – and especially the military – must take full responsibility.
Mar 21, 2019Female Rohingya refugees have created a support group called Shanti Mohila (peace women) in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district. None of these women knew each other before fleeing Myanmar more than a year ago but grief and trauma brought them together leading them to meet frequently in refugee camps. “Our fathers and brothers shot, our sisters […]
Mar 11, 2019