Monday, July 6, 2015

Flight of the Rohingya

Photo via European Commission DG ECHO

Today, the NYT has a heartbreaking story about the flight of Rohingya from Myanmar. The Rohingya are a group of Muslim IDPs (internally displaced persons). "Stateless, shunned and persecuted," they are considered "intruders" in Mayanmar.

As a result, Rohingya have been fleeing Myanmar. But they've had a hell of time finding where to go. You may recall the boat of migrants left adrift on the sea in May. Those were Rohingya.

Malaysia and Indonesia have agreed to accept the migrants, for now. But they have no right to work. And no permanency in those countries.

The NYT story covers the journey of one mother with three young children as she travels from Myanmar to Thailand. She left behind her oldest son, just thirteen. It's a tough read.

It reminds me of this drawing. I don't know where it's from, so I can't offer proper attribution, but it's a particularly apt accompaniment to the NYT piece.



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