Less than two years ago, the plight of the Rohingya minority reached international headlines with an ethnic cleansing campaign at the hands of Myanmar’s security forces that prompted more than 700,000 people to flee to Bangladesh. The roots of the crisis, however, can be traced back several decades.
When Cyclone Idai roared across Mozambique in March, the storm’s severity surprised everyone. One of the most devastating storms in Africa on record, its intense winds, heavy rainfall, and subsequent flooding affected some 3 million people, not only in Mozambique, but also in Zimbabwe and Malawi. Many lost their homes, crops, and everything they owned.