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Prior to Sri Lanka’s January 2015 election, it was impossible to turn on the television, look at a newspaper or walk down the street without being bombarded with images of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his two brothers, Basil and Gothabaya, who between them dominated many of the key Cabinet positions. But the face of Sri Lanka has changed.
Over 300,000 Rohingya reside in Bangladesh, and their situation is only worsening. Forcible evictions and expulsions back to Myanmar are commonplace. Bangladesh must find a better solution for the Rohingya living in Cox’s Bazar and Teknaf.
The village of Pagak lies in Ethiopia’s Gambella region on the western border with South Sudan. Today, the village serves as an entry point for those fleeing fighting and the lack of food inside South Sudan – many walking for days to reach the border. Last year, as South Sudan’s civil war spread throughout the country, up to a thousand South Sudanese refugees were crossing into Ethiopia each day – totaling nearly 200,000 over the course of the year.