The Rohingya crisis in Myanmar – October 1, 2017

Perspective with Alison Smith

The Rohingya crisis in Myanmar – October 1, 2017

This week on Perspective with Alison Smith: The Rohingya crisis in Myanmar

Alison speaks to Poppy McPherson, a journalist based in Yangon, Myanmar, about the recent torrent of violence in Rakhine state and the conditions in the refugee camps in Bangladesh.

Anwar Arkani, founder and president of the Rohingya Association of Canada, shares the tragic stories the Canadian Rohingya community are hearing from back home and pleads with the current Canadian government and international community to do more address the situation.

Azeem Ibrahim, senior fellow at the Center for Global Policy and author of “The Rohingyas: Inside Myanmar’s Hidden Genocide”, speaks to Alison about the history of persecution the Rohingya have endured and describes Aung San Suu Kyi’s role in the current conflict as “a shield between the military and the international community.”

Alison speaks to Matthew Smith, Executive Director of Fortify Rights, a human rights organization in Southeast Asia, about human rights abuses the group has documented recently in the country’s Rakhine state.


Alison Smith

Alison Smith

Alison Smith is one of Canada’s best known and respected broadcast journalists. As an anchor and reporter for more than three decades, she was a senior award-winning member of the CBC News team. She has reported from every Canadian province and territory and across the globe.

She has hosted a wide range of network TV and radio news programs including The National, CBC News Morning and CBC Radio’s The World at Six. As a live news anchor, reporter and foreign correspondent, some of the stories she has covered include the September 11th attacks, the death of Princess Diana, elections in Israel, South Africa and Mexico and as Washington correspondent, she covered the historic election of US President Barack Obama.

She is a multiple Gemini nominee and has won international recognition for her work including a Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media, a Friendship Award from South African Women for Women, and was named a Woman of Achievement by Hadassah-WIZO Canada. She was educated at the University of British Columbia and Ryerson University. She is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Okanagan University College (now UBC Okanagan).