Thursday, December 24, 2015

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A Rohingya woman carries a child across a shallow canal after crossing the Naf River as they flee violence in Myanmar to reach Bangladesh, October 16, 2017.
Image: Munir Uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images

One Year On, Taking Stock of Rohingya Tragedy

A year after Rohingya Muslims fled Burma en masse amid a violent onslaught by military forces, many are taking stock of a dire situation.

Amid accusations they turned a blind eye to the carnage, 130+ southeast Asian MPs called on the International Criminal Court to investigate Burma’s “murderous operation in Rakhine State” that saw 700,000 people flee to Bangladesh and 25,000 killed, the Guardian reports.

Along with the weight of unspeakable trauma, Rohingya—left out of government services in Burma—arrived at refugee camps without immunizations, Al Jazeera reports. With the help of community leaders, the WHO’s sweeping vaccination program has largely averted outbreaks. But donor fatigue could see funds dry up.

And while the camps are safer and calmer than they were a year ago, a UNICEF report notes, the Rohingya still face a “lost generation”; over half a million Rohingya refugee children have been robbed of their education and life skills.

Related: Rohingya refugee crisis: Children's drawings show horrific violence they suffered in Myanmar  The Independent 

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