The Rohingya – the most persecuted minority in the world
In Buddhist Myanmar (with a population of 53 million) the Muslim minority of the Rohingya has been persecuted and marginalized for decades.Before the crisis, there were about 1.3 million Rohingya in Myanmar. Since they are not considered Burmese people, they cannot obtain citizenship. Consequently, as stateless persons, they have no rights whatsoever. Access to school and work or even basic matters such as marrying, travelling or owning property are almost impossible.
Because of massive persecution by the Burmese army (like burning down villages and even massacres) most of them fled to neighbouring Bangladesh, where they have found temporary shelter in a gigantic refugee camp.