Rohingya Camp Faces Devastating Fire

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Last year, the persecution of the Rohingya muslim community, an unrecognised ethnic minority of Myanmar, had gained widespread attention. Myanmar’s popular political leader, Aung San Suu Kyi losing many awards and prizes awarded to her. Most of these refugees travelled towards India, but the government is quite against integrating them into the mainstream Indian society.

The little, almost half hearted work that the government of India was doing to support the Rohingya refuges fleeing due to the persecution they were facing in their native country and homeland Myanmar, has also now returned to dust. As many as 250 refugees are now left homeless.

In the early hours of Saturday, that is the 15th of April, the Rohingya refugee accommodation was burnt to ashes in Madanpur Khadar in the Southern Eastern Part of the capital city.

The tents, in which the people were staying, were made of tarpaulin and plastic, which meant that the fire spread very quickly and in no time, more than 200 people found themselves without a roof over their head. The residents who have been displaced by the fire are believed to have lost almost all of their possessions, belongings and money.

The Rohingyas are currently a stateless people since the largest proportion of Rohingya people have lived in Myanmar, with proof of them being in Myanmar since thee 8th century, but the citizenship laws of the country do not grant them the nationality of Myanmar, despite them living in the same country for centuries together, in the northern Rakhine area. The government of Myanmar does not recognise the Rohingya muslims as one of the 8 ethnic minorities in the country, depriving them of many basic human rights and necessities.

India was criticised by countries far and wide for its stance of the Rohingya refugees crossing into the country through Bangladesh. Our government was quite reluctant to take in any refugees, citing the high poverty and the population of our country, which is so high that the country is burning at its seams.

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