The inevitable effects of the refugee crisis

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"Myanmar faces a very serious crisis - with a potentially severe impact on the security of the region," UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said during a speech in Jakarta earlier this year.

The UN human rights chief warned the public that the possible acts of "ethnic cleansing and genocide" against Myanmar's Muslim population could ignite religious-based conflicts spreading beyond the country's borders.The Rohinga had lived in Arakan (now known as Rakhine) for many years.

As a result of the attacks, over 140,000 Rohingya have been forced to seek refuge in displacement camps and roughly 900,000 have fled across the border into Bangladesh. The government of Myanmar, a predominately Buddhist country, claims the Rohingya people are illegal immigrants from the neighbouring country Bangladesh and has denied them citizenship, leaving them stateless and homeless. With religious terrorism in south east Asia, Myanmar could become a likely target for extremism as well. Continued "ethnic cleansing" of Muslims in Myanmar could provoke a reaction from Islamic extremists, destabilizing the region.

BBC NEWS- Children in the Rohingya crisis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbzyQjLAgoA

information sources

  • https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/rohingya-crisis-could-have-severe-impact-on-region-un
  • https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-43772364g
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_Rohingya_refugee_crisis

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