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Over 90,000 Muslim Rohingya, an ethnic minority in predominantly Buddhist Burma, have been displaced in recent weeks after sectarian violence broke out in Burma's Rakhine State.

Many of the Rohingya are fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh in search of medical aid, food and shelter, but the Bangladeshi government has so far refused to let them in. Instead, thousands have been pushed back to Burma, where the Rohingya population has been persecuted for over 30 years.

On June 13, Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Dipu Moni said Bangladesh was not willing to take in the Rohingyas, despite international calls and the UNHCR appealing to Bangladesh to let them in.

“We’re already burdened with thousands of Rohingya refugees staying in Bangladesh and we don’t want anymore,” said the foreign minister.

The reason for not taking the Rohingya in, according to the Bangladesh government, is that the country does not have the resources to take in any more refugees.

Over 200,000 Rohingya refugees are already believed to be living in Bangladesh.

Misha Hussain is a journalist covering aid, development and human rights. Click here to follow him on Twitter.


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ABDUL MALIK-AHAD Jun 22, 2012 12:36am
excellent quote by the lady at the end of the video 'if life has any worth, then everyone's life is worth the same'.
Abdur Razzaque Jun 23, 2012 08:06am
Can OIC and other resourceful Muslim countries come in front to tackle the distressed Rohingyas issues and provide them comfort and shelter. Failure to do so the Ummah will be liable to Allah (SWT) in the day of Judgement.
Achaa Banda Jun 23, 2012 06:32pm
If you already have 140 million people, and all of them are surviving somehow, why is it so hard to accept few thousand, even if all of the 90,000 Rohingya go to Bangladesh, it won't jeopardize much, instead they will gain many very motivated, hard working people. True some people may do crime, but that does not represent all of the community. God is watching, and its the time of test for Bangladesh as a nation to act with kindness, just like many other countries helped Bangleshis in the past. Pakistan has taken in over 10 MILLION Afghan refugees, the largest Humanitarian Refugees in Human History.
livingvoraciously Jun 25, 2012 07:58am
wow...thanks! glad you agree :)
Wazir Jun 26, 2012 06:56pm
Wow! I will try to remember this quote. 'if life has any worth, then everyone's life is worth the same'
madiha Jul 27, 2012 07:33pm
thr is a solution to a problem not by sendin them to bangladesh is the problem huh ........................................justice should be given to them n cruel shud be punishedd
shiraz Jul 23, 2012 03:31am
300000 stranded urdu speaking pakistan living in misery in bangladesh in refugee camp why pakistan is not taking their people back to pakistan . they are dying for last 40 years in camp. these urdu speaking pakistanis worked for pakistan army . why you abandoned them after using them. please take these 300000 people.