Renewed Violence in Myanmar Leaves more Minorities Dead


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Riley Landowski, Foreign Affairs Desk

In 2017, a surprise attack by coordinated Rohingya militant groups had taken over 30 police posts in the country of Myanmar (Burma) and killed 12 members of their security force according to BBC News.

Immediately the Myanmar’s military started a crackdown on Rohingya insurgence. Compounded by violence by Buddhists to drive the minority Rohingya Muslims out of their state of Rakhine. As of today 6,300 civilians have been killed, including 730 children under 5 the following month after violence broke out. This lead to the mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims; Myanmar’s largest minority group. 600,000 became refugees and fled to neighboring countries like Bangladesh and Thailand. 

As many as 288 Rohingya villages have been either completely destroyed or partially decimated. With the Myanmar military committing acts of murder and rape, the UN reported their actions as showing “genocidal intent.” Investigations into individuals responsible for genocidal crime started in 2018 according to a report released that year.

As of now more than half a million Rohingya Muslims still live in Myanmar, and the UN is concerned genocidal actions could recur. As of now Bangladesh has stopped accepting Rohingya refugees and since the exodus none have returned to Myanmar. The Rohingya refugees are in agreement, they will not return without a guarantee of citizenship in Myanmar.