Myanmar's Rohingya crisis

Collection with 18 media items created by vincenzo floramo

Myanmar 31 Mar 2014 10:36

DESCRIPTION UPDATED ON MARCH 2015

Almost two years after a wave of sectarian violence against the Muslim community broke out in Rakhine state in Western Burma, about 70,000 displaced people from the Rohingya ethnic group are caged in appallingly precarious shelters in the camps for internally displaced people (IDP) in the capital Sittwe, and could face potential disaster as rainy season approaches. The Rohingya population has to withstand the poor conditions during their stay at the camps - including the lack of food, medical assistance and the abysmal hygiene conditions - that are likely to worsen markedly during the rains at the low-lying areas next to the sea near Sittwe.

Human Rights Watch had already accused the government, which considers Rohingyas as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and does not recognize them as Burmese citizens, of carrying out a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Muslim minority group. This follows Burma's refusal to allow people to class themselves as Rohingya in the first national census in three decades and officials' insistence that members of the ethnic group call themselves Bengali if they want to be registered. Meanwhile, international aid agencies working in Rakhine were attacked last week in what is the latest in a long series of sporadic assaults that erupted into full-scale violence in Rakhine scale back in 2012, causing thousands of Rohingyas to flee their homes. The UN has described the Rohingya as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world.

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Rohingya 13
By vincenzo floramo
16 May 2013

Thousands of Rohingya IDP temporarily live inside the Islamic school at Thet Kay Pying Village in Sittwe.

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Rohingya 11
By vincenzo floramo
16 May 2013

Rohingya IDP woman watches the weather anxiously in the temporary improvised shelter at Kaung Da Ka village Mosque in Sittwe.

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By vincenzo floramo
15 May 2013

Hundreds of mothers and children gather on the ground floor at the Thet Kay Pyin village Madrassa in Sittwe.

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By vincenzo floramo
15 May 2013

Rohingyas living in camps on the costal area near Sittwe walk along the railway small settlement.

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By vincenzo floramo
14 May 2013

Internally displaced people camp in Sittwe: displaced Rohingyas from Rubber Garden sitting in a truck provided by an American NGO.

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Rohingya 11
By vincenzo floramo
15 May 2013

Displaced Rohingyas living in IDP camp near Sittwe move their stuff to a safer place after their home was destroyed by the heavy night rain.

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By vincenzo floramo
14 May 2013

A Rohingya displaced man at "Rubber Garden" IDP camp Sittwe, looks for a safe shelter under the rain that poured down throughout the night.

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By vincenzo floramo
15 May 2013

Internally displaced people in the camp of Sittwe look for a safe shelter under the rain that poured down throughout the night.

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By vincenzo floramo
15 May 2013

Rohingya IDP live in poor conditions in camp of "Rubber Garden" near Hamanzi Junction, Sittwe.

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By vincenzo floramo
14 May 2013

Rohingya refugee woman holds her child near her hut at Pauk Taw IDP camp in Sittwe. The approaching rainy season spells disaster for displaced Rohingya living in poor conditions in the camp.

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By vincenzo floramo
15 May 2013

Rohingya refugee Bengon, 14, from Pauk Taw IDP camp in Sittwe, cries after her father left her to wait while he brought their things to the nearby Da Bai village.

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Rohingya 05
By vincenzo floramo
31 Mar 2014

Displaced Rohingya of "Rubber Garden" unofficial IDP camp near Hmanzi Junction, Sittwe, move to the nearby Islamic school.

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By vincenzo floramo
15 May 2013

Rohingya young refugee sits in front of his family hut at an IDP camp near Sittwe. The past night's heavy rains destroyed their vulnerable home.

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By vincenzo floramo
15 May 2013

Rohingya refugee woman collects her stuff at the unofficial IDP Rubber Garden in Sittwe. Weather forecasts preview heavy rain will hit the area in a few hours.

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Rohingya 12
By vincenzo floramo
15 May 2013

Internally displaced Rohingya refugees in the Kaung Dok Ka camp, in Sittwe, are rebuilding their huts caused by the Mahasen cyclone.

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By vincenzo floramo
15 May 2013

Six-month-old Rohingya baby Nur Akim with his mother Solmahatu, 40, at Khae Chaung II IDP camp in Sittwe where they arrived six months ago.

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By vincenzo floramo
16 May 2013

Rohingya IDP boy prays at the first floor of the Kaung Da Ka village Mosque in Sittwe. The religious building is used as a night shelter for hundreds of Rohingya.

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By vincenzo floramo
15 May 2013

Burmese police tried to convince refugees of IDP camp near Sittwe to move to safer area by their trucks. Suspicion and mistrust aside, the Rohingya IDP respect the government.