Rohingya Face Segregated, Dire Conditions in Myanmar

In September 2014, Refugees International went to Rakhine State to meet with displaced Rohingya, document the humanitarian situation, and advocate for their rights. Around 900 stateless Rohingya are fleeing Myanmar’s Rakhine State every day on unseaworthy boats that are supposed to take them to Malaysia or Thailand but often put them in the hands of vicious human traffickers. The Rohingya, a persecuted Muslim minority group, are taking these desperate measures as the Myanmar government develops a “Rakhine Action Plan” through which hundreds of thousands of Rohingya may be forced to forego their ethnicity to acquire legal status or be subjected to indefinite detention in camps.