Bangladeshis don't like Rohingya

Rohingya in Myanmar

Extremely tense situation after the military coup

+++ At the beginning of February 2021 there was a military coup in Myanmar. Since then, there have been daily protests against which the military uses violence. The situation is extremely tense. The UNHCR reports that over 50,000 people have fled within the country and about 10,000 people across borders to Thaliand and India. The organization urges neighboring countries across the region to offer refuge and protection to all people fleeing for security reasons. At the same time, aid organizations complain that they have no access to the border regions where refugees are staying. +++

The ethnically diverse population of Myanmar has suffered for decades from violent conflicts between the army and various ethnic groups demanding political autonomy in certain regions of the country.

Over a million Rohingya refugees have fled violence in Myanmar since the early 1990s.

The most recent exodus began in August 2017. A large-scale military offensive forced around 771,000 people to flee Myanmar in a very short space of time. Children, pregnant women, the sick and the elderly ran for days to get safely across the border into Bangladesh. Almost all of them sought refuge in the Kutupalong and Nayapara refugee settlements in the Cox's Bazar district in southeastern Bangladesh. Kutupalong became the world's largest and most densely populated refugee camp.

The exact number of deaths is unknown, but thousands of people have been reported to have been murdered in Myanmar. The violence does not stop at women, children or the elderly. Many families have been torn apart and do not know what happened to their loved ones. Most of the refugees are traumatized by the experiences in Myanmar. The United Nations condemned the systematic evictions and spoke of ethnic cleansing.