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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. 

Malaysia begins inquiry into 2015 discovery of mass graves
Rohingya Crisis

Malaysia begins inquiry into 2015 discovery of mass graves

Malaysia begins a public inquiry into the discovery of mass graves and suspected human trafficking camps in the jungles near its border with Thailand, which prompted a regional crisis in 2015, and accusations over obstruction of justice.

  • 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.