Nov 10 2014
MYANMAR Government tells one million Muslims: “Prove that your family has lived here for more than 60 years or face deportation”
The policy, accompanied by a wave of decrees and legislation, has made life for the Rohingya Muslim minority, ever more desperate, spurring the biggest exit of Muslims since a major exodus two years ago.
(If you want to know why the Myanmar Buddhists are expelling the Muslim population, see links below)
The crisis has become an embarrassment to the White House ahead of a scheduled visit by Barack Hussein Obama to Myanmar next week. In his most public appeal to the government yet, Obama asked the Myanmar leader to revise the anti-Rohingya Muslim policies, specifically the resettlement plan.
Rohinga Muslims have been denied citizenship and evicted from their homes, their land has been confiscated, and they have been attacked by the military. After one such attack in 1978, some 200,000 fled to Bangladesh. The latest flare-up began with an outbreak of sectarian rioting in 2012, in which hundreds of Rohingya were killed and dozens of their villages burned to the ground by radical Buddhists. Since then, close to 100,000 have fled the country, and more than 100,000 have been confined to squalid camps.