In the past few weeks, the Rohingya refugee situation has become even more dire as thousands have attempted to flee Myanmar. On Sunday, 1,600 refugees from Myanmar and Bangladesh were rescued off the coast of Indonesia. As Yanghee Lee, a U.N. specialist on human rights, explains, “The conditions in Muslim [internally displaced person] camps are abysmal, and I received heartbreaking testimonies from Rohingya people telling me they had only two options: stay and die or leave by boat.”
Newsweek takes a look at the dire situation, as well as the “backstory” of the Rohingyas of Myanmar. (For even more on this subject matter, kindly search Storybank).