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Rohingya crisis: The other face of today’s humanity


Looking at the fleeing Rohingyas today – young, old and new born, men and women – all trying to escape a murderous Myanmar army, one may wonder if we have come away from the age of Halagu Khan and his atrocities. The brutality that the Myanmar junta and its Buddhist supporters showed can only match that of Khan and what he inflicted during his siege of Baghdad in 1257. His victims look no different from what we see in the Rohingyas.

Today, in a world we boast of being complete with compassion, empathy and advancements, a pair of twins, barely days old and fleeing for their lives, confront and compel us to reflect on all the things we behold as achievements and progress in humanity. A fleeting mass of people we name as Rohingyas who made desperate attempts to scurry for refuge with stories of mass persecution, torture, rape and arson shake us back to the reality of a world we thought was long left behind.

This is a full coverage of what we have so far written and documented on the Rohingya persecution. 

Rohingya ‘lost generation’ struggle to study in Bangladesh camps
Rohingya Crisis

Rohingya ‘lost generation’ struggle to study in Bangladesh camps

Sixteen-year-old Kefayat Ullah walks to his school in southern Bangladesh in late January, as he has done most days for the previous six years, to find that - despite being one of the top students in his class - he was expelled.

  • Japan to give fund for Rohingya Crisis

    Scale of displacement across Myanmar ‘very difficult to gauge’

    The United Nations refugee agency observes that the scale of displacement across Myanmar is very difficult to gauge, warning of further internal displacement and exodus of refugees.

  • Rape of Rohingya Women

    Rape of Rohingya Women: Myanmar sees no evidence

    Myanmar has denied that its armed forces raped Rohingya women and girls in a campaign of ethnic cleansing that forced some 750,000 Rohingyas of Rakhine to flee to Bangladesh since August 2017.

  • World must not turn away from Rohingyas: Angelina Jolie

    UNHCR special envoy and Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie has said the world must not turn away from the nearly 1 million Rohingyas who have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh.

  • Myanmar Buddhists in dire state at remote Bandarban village

    The Buddhist ethnic people, who took shelter at the remote hilly region of Ruma in Bandarban, are reportedly camped there without enough food, tarpaulins or blankets, while the children are falling ill in cold weather.

  • Future of Rohingyas

    MPs propose for all-party JS body to deal with Rohingya crisis

    Four senior MPs of the ruling alliance propose for forming of an all-party parliamentary committee to work out a solution to the Rohingya crisis and repatriate them to their country.

  • Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen

    Bangladesh-Myanmar border almost sealed off: Foreign Minister

    Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen says Bangladesh-Myanmar border has almost been sealed off to stop further influx from Myanmar amid violence there.

  • Aung San Suu Kyi

    Myanmar parliament approves panel to discuss constitution

    Myanmar's parliament votes to set up a committee to discuss amending the country's constitution, despite objections by military-aligned lawmakers against a move that is likely to challenge the army's power.

  • Rohingya refugees

    Bangladesh to seek more Indian support to resolve Rohingya crisis

    Bangladesh will seek more Indian support to resolve the Rohingya crisis as foreign minister AK Abdul Momen is set to reach New Delhi tonight in his maiden overseas tour since the Awami League government was formed for the third consecutive term.

  • Tackling Rohingya Crisis: Canada calls for 'transition plan'

    Canada wants a transition plan for the Rohingyas as the repatriation process appears slow amid the refugees' lack of willingness in returning to Myanmar due to insecurity and non-conducive conditions in Rakhine.

  • Angelina Jolie visits refugee camp

    UNHCR special envoy and US film star Angelina Jolie has been visiting Rohingya refugee camps in Teknaf upazila of Cox's Bazar.

  • Rohingya Food Aid

    Aid workers race to batten down Rohingya refugee camp

    In hotels and restaurants near the beach at Cox's Bazar in southeast Bangladesh, international and local aid workers sent to help the Rohingya in the world's largest refugee settlement talk nervously of the major challenge ahead - the weather.

  • International conference on Rohingya Crisis

    Major Rohingya conference in New York this week

    The Free Rohingya Coalition, a leading global activist group led by members of the Rohingya community, is hosting a two-day international conference at Barnard College, New York City on February 8-9, demanding accountability and protection for the minorities in Myanmar.

  • Angelina Jolie to visit refugee camps in Cox's Bazar tomorrow

    Film star Angelina Jolie is scheduled to meet Rohingya women, who were victims of sexual violence in Myanmar's Rakhine State during a brutal military operation in August 2017, in Cox's Bazar Rohingya camps tomorrow.

  • Rohingya Camps: Chickenpox outbreak causes concern

    A chickenpox outbreak in Cox's Bazar Rohingya camps has raised a public health concern in the region, officials say.

  • Vietnamese Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Nguyen Quoc Dzung pays a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

    Force Myanmar to take back Rohingyas

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday renewed her call to the international community to force Myanmar to take back its over one million Rohingya nationals from Bangladesh.

  • Rohingya Crisis: Implement Kofi Annan's suggestions

    The head of the UN children's fund urged Myanmar on Monday to implement the recommendations of a panel on the Rohingya crisis led by former UN head Kofi Annan, saying it had yet to create conditions right for the return of refugees from Bangladesh.

  • Dhaka protests Myanmar claim

    Dhaka has strongly protested Naypyidaw's allegations that terrorists recently attacked a police outpost in Myanmar from Bangladesh territory, terming those false.

  • Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque met with US Congressman Eliot Engel

    US Congressman hails Bangladesh govt for hosting Rohingyas

    US Congressman and Chairman of US House Foreign Affairs Committee Eliot Engel appreciates the government of Bangladesh for hosting the persecuted Rohingyas from Myanmar, and also expresses his hope to visit Bangladesh, see the Rohingya camps and hold talks with various stakeholders.

  • Rohingyas in Rakhine: Myanmar still forcing them to flee homes

    Rather than creating conditions for the return of the Rohingyas, Myanmar is engaging in a sustained campaign of violence, intimidation and harassment of the ethnic minority, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar said yesterday.

  • Aid curbs in Myanmar's Rakhine impact 'at least 50,000 people'

    New government curbs on aid activities in Myanmar's western Rakhine State "are affecting at least 50,000 people", the United Nations has said in an internal note, highlighting the growing impact of recent fighting on the civilian population.

  • 'Protect Rohingyas'

    Indian authorities beat and threatened Rohingyas, forcing some to flee to Bangladesh in recent weeks, said Fortify Rights yesterday.

  • Rohingya kids return to school in Bangladesh

    145,000 Rohingya children going to Unicef's learning centres

    More than 145,000 Rohingya children – living in Cox's Bazar camps – are now going to Unicef-supported learning centres, as a new school year begins.

  • Assam Map

    Stranded in No-man's Land: India takes back 31 Rohingyas

    After a five-day impasse, the Indian Border Security Force yesterday took back 31 stranded Rohingyas from the no-man's land near the Kaziatali border along Brahmanbaria's Kasba upazila and Tripura's Sipahijala district.

  • 6 Myanmar cops hurt in Rakhine

    Six Myanmar border guard police have been wounded in an attack by Rohingya Muslim insurgents in Rakhine state, government media reports, amid fears of escalating violence in the region.

  • Rohingya refugees

    'Frustrated' UN chief criticises Myanmar

    UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday criticized as "too slow" Myanmar's efforts to allow the return of Rohingya Muslim refugees, describing the lack of progress as a source of "enormous frustration."

  • Rohingyas held in KSA begin hunger strike

    Scores of Rohingyas detainees inside a Saudi detention centre have begun a hunger strike to stop the Gulf kingdom from deporting them to Bangladesh, reports Middle East Eye, a news outlet published from UK.

  • Rape of Rohingya Women

    Health services scaled up to combat chicken pox in Cox’s Bazar

    Responding to an outbreak of chicken pox in the Rohingya refugee camps, health sector partners led by the Ministry of Health and World Health Organization steps up surveillance and initiates measures to curtail further spread of the disease and prevent any complications.

  • Rakhine State: UN calls for unimpeded aid access

    The United Nations (UN) calls on the Myanmar government to allow “rapid and unimpeded” humanitarian access to Rakhine State, where fighting between government troops and autonomy-seeking rebels has displaced thousands of people.

  • No-Man's Land: Myanmar building concrete structure

    In a flagrant violation of international law, Myanmar has been building a concrete structure in the no-man's land on its border with Bangladesh in Bandarban's Ghumdhum area.

  • Reuters journos to remain in jail

    A Myanmar court yesterday rejected the appeal of two Reuters reporters sentenced to seven years in jail on charges of breaking the Official Secrets Act, saying the defence had not provided sufficient evidence to show they were innocent.