This is a map of the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. It shows the countries that housed the most Rohingya refugees. World Vision defines the Rohingya people as “a mostly-Muslim ethnic minority group in Myanmar”, but are considered stateless as they were not recognized as one of the country’s ethnic groups.
The UNHCR added that the Rohingya are slowly leaving Myanmar since the 1990s due to violence. The Rakhine State attack in mid-2017 was perhaps the most notable, as over 700,000 Rohingya fled to neighboring Bangladesh.
Bangladesh still houses the most Rohingya refugees that now total 1.3 million of them. Pakistan is second, with half a million Rohingyas under their care. Saudi Arabia and Malaysia welcomed more than 100,000 refugees each. Other APAC nations that took in exiled Rohingyas include the United Arab Emirates, India, Thailand, and Australia.
These books talk about the history of the Rohingya Muslim minority:
- First, They Erased Our Name: A Rohingya Speaks
- The Rohingyas: Inside Myanmar’s Genocide
- The Rohingya Struggle: One boy’s escape for freedom all for his people who are dying to be seen
- The Rohingya: An Ethnography of ‘subhuman’ Life
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