At a time when the western mainstream media is focused on refugees from Ukraine in Europe, are longer-standing refugee crises being neglected?
Our latest story, about plans to move 100,000 Rohingya refugees to an island in the Bay of Bengal, reminds us that more than a million people who fled Myanmar in search of safety are still living in overcrowded camps, waiting to restart their lives.
Subjected to marginalisation, exclusion and violence for decades in Myanmar, the Rohingya Muslims fled across the border to Bangladesh in great numbers after a further crescent of violence in 2015.
The UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights has described more than a million Rohingya people trapped in refugee camps as “the world’s biggest refugee crisis” and “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”
Below is a series of seven stories, from the detrimental environmental effects of mass migration to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, illustrating both the human rights violations against the Rohingya people and their struggle to survive and build new lives…