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Genocide: Myanmar

Guide to researching genocide in the 20th and 21st centuries

Villages Before and Now

Myanmar Resources

The ethnic cleansing in Myanmar of the Rohingya - referred to for years as the most persecuted minority in the world - is currently attracting the attention of human rights groups and countries willing to help the 1.1 million members of the group. Hundreds of thousands of refugees are fleeing to nearby countries as entire Rohingya villages are disappearing (see images above.) 

"The military calls the campaign a “clearance” operation against an insurgent terrorist military group. They claim the crackdown is in response to a series of armed attacks on border police by Rohingya militants on August 25 that left 12 officers dead, the second such type of attacks in the past 12 months. But observers say that though armed Rohingya insurgents exist, their overall numbers are small, and they are poorly equipped. And the crackdown has affected the entire ethnic group." -Vox

While it has not yet been classified as genocide by the U.N., the Rohingya are being targeted and the stories they are bringing with them to their countries of refuge are tragic.

Use the "From Gumberg" tab to explore searches in our databases for resources on this genocide and click on "From the Web" to see news articles and websites dedicated to the issue.

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Above: Village in the Myanmar before and after ethnic cleansing. -The New York Times.

Below: A Rohingya camp in Myanmar. -Foreign and Commonwealth Office, CC BY-ND 2.0.

Rohingya Camp in Myanmar