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.
The Rohingya are an ethnic minority in Myanmar. Myanmar is primarily Buddhist. Almost all Rohingya are Muslim.
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.”
Myanmar, also known as Burma, is bordered by China, India, Laos, Bangladesh and Thailand. It has a population of 55 million people.
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.