Why are Myanmar persecuting the Rohingya?

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Over the last 6 months, the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar have been persecuted; they have been driven out of their homes, their villages have been burnt down, and some of their number have been killed. We hear about this a lot on the news, but what actually started it?

There are many reasons for this crisis, all put forward by different sources. Aung San Suu Kyi said that the reason for this is terrorists. Defending the Rohingya people, a group attacked a gathering of policemen, killing twelve. She says this sparked anger, which is what they say is the reason why.

The military agrees with Mrs Suu Kyi, as well as saying that the Rohingya are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. This is not true, however, as their families and descendants have been living in the Rakhine region for a long time.

The UN has described the treatment as genocide and ethnic cleansing, and say that there is no valid reason for this sort of behaviour.

The Myanmarese government have been holding a grudge against the Rohingya for countless generations, and this is part of the reason. The British used to own Myanmar, and when the Japanese invaded and tried to take control, the Mayanmarese Buddhists sided with them, believing that they would win. The Rohingya (who already lived there - definitely not illegal immigrants) sided with the British. When the British won, the buddhists kept control, and were opposed to the Rohingya, who had been against them in the war.

Look at all the reasons for the persecution. What do you think is the reason for the way the Rohingya Muslims are being treated?

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