Violence in Myanmar forces Rohingya to take on great risk
Explore the AP’s coverage of the Rohingya and their flight from violence in Myanmar – part of the largest human exodus in Asia since the Vietnam War.
Correction: Myanmar-Border Fence story
BANGKOK (AP) — In a story Feb. 24 about Myanmar's parliament approving a budget for a fence along the border crossed by fleeing Rohingya Muslims, The Associated Press attributed information to the wrong lawmaker. It should be attributed to Aung Thaike instead of Myo Zaw Aung.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Myanmar parliament approves $15M for Rakhine border fence
Months after exodus began, Rohingya see no end to suffering
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Their houses are often made of plastic sheets. Much of their food comes from aid agencies. Jobs are few, and there is painfully little to do. The nightmares are relentless.
But six months after their horrors began, the Rohingya Muslims who fled army attacks in Myanmar for refuge in Bangladesh feel immense consolation.
COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — AP photographer Manish Swarup has been capturing imagery of the struggles of the more than 680,000 Rohingya Muslims now living in sprawling refugee camps in Bangladesh. The Rohingya, a long-persecuted minority denied citizenship at home in Myanmar, began pouring across the border in late August after waves of attacks by Myanmar security forces and Buddhist mobs.
Female Nobel laureates in Bangladesh to meet Rohingya women
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Three female Nobel Peace laureates began a weeklong trip to Bangladesh on Saturday to meet Rohingya Muslim women who were tortured and raped by soldiers in Myanmar before fleeing the country.
Myanmar bulldozes what was left of Rohingya Muslim villages
BANGKOK (AP) — First, their villages were burned to the ground. Now, Myanmar's government is using bulldozers to literally erase them from the earth — in a vast operation rights groups say is destroying crucial evidence of mass atrocities against the nation's ethnic Rohingya Muslim minority.
Myanmar to resettle 6,000 stranded Rohingya refugees
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Myanmar agreed with Bangladesh on Tuesday to resettle more than 6,000 Rohingya Muslims who have been stranded in a no man's land between the two countries, as plans for the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of others have been delayed over concerns for their safety if they return to Myanmar, officials said.
AP Explains: What’s behind Rohingya exodus from Myanmar
Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims have been called the world's most persecuted minority, a people without a country.
In the last two weeks, in numbers estimated to be nearing 300,000, Rohingya have been fleeing for their lives into already-crowded refugee camps in neighboring Bangladesh.
It is the third such mass exodus in four decades. A look at what's behind it.
Bangladesh gives names to begin Rohingya repatriation
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A Bangladesh Cabinet minister gave a list of 8,032 Rohingya refugees to his Myanmar counterpart to begin repatriations of the Muslim minority under a November agreement between the two countries.
Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said Friday the list contained the members of 1,673 Rohingya families. He did not explain how the names had been chosen.
‘I feel trapped’: Violence fuels fear among Myanmar Muslims
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — For four straight days last month, Rahim Muddinn watched, amazed, as Myanmar's state-run newspapers published special supplements showing Rohingya Muslims accused of being terrorists — nearly 250 photos each day.
UN says Rohingya crisis could endanger regional security
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The U.N.'s human rights chief warned Monday that Myanmar's persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority has the potential to spark regional conflict.
Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein reiterated while in Indonesia that acts of genocide and ethnic cleansing may have occurred in the campaign of violence against Rohingya that sparked an exodus of nearly 700,000 people to neighboring Bangladesh.
Myanmar government denies AP report of Rohingya mass graves
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's government has denied a report by The Associated Press documenting at least five mass graves containing Rohingya Muslim civilians killed by the military with help from Buddhist neighbors, saying that only "terrorists" were killed and they were "carefully buried."
The Latest: US: Myanmar mass-grave report shows probe needed
BALUKHALI REFUGEE CAMP, Bangladesh (AP) — The Latest on The Associated Press confirming several previously unreported mass graves in Myanmar's Rakhine state (all times local):
The State Department says the world needs to know what happened in the area of Myanmar where The Associated Press has confirmed more than five previously unreported mass graves.
UN official says Rohingya crisis has ‘hallmarks of genocide’
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The U.N. special envoy on human rights in Myanmar said Thursday that the Myanmar military's violent operations against Rohingya Muslims bear "the hallmarks of a genocide."
Yanghee Lee told reporters in Seoul, where she is based, that she couldn't make a definitive declaration about genocide until a credible international tribunal or court had weighed the evidence, but "we are seeing signs and it is building up to that."
Indonesian president in Bangladesh to discuss Rohingya
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is in Bangladesh on a visit to sprawling refugee camps for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar.
Jokowi is expected to fly Sunday to Cox's Bazar, the main town where the camps are located. On Saturday, he met Bangladesh's President M. Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Hollywood star Yeoh calls Rohingya condition ‘despicable’
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Hollywood star Michelle Yeoh says she's appalled by the plight of the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Myanmar into Bangladesh.
Philippine leader tells Suu Kyi to ignore rights criticism
NEW DELHI (AP) — Philippine president said he pities Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi for being the focus of international criticism over her country's handling of the Rohingya refugee crisis.
President Rodrigo Duterte said he told Suu Kyi to ignore human right activists, describing them as a "noisy bunch."
Suu Kyi and Duterte met in New Delhi this week at a summit of Southeast Asian leaders on the 25th anniversary of ASEAN-India ties.
UN official says not safe yet for Rohingya return to Myanmar
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — It is not yet safe for the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims living in refugee camps in Bangladesh to begin returning to Myanmar, a senior United Nations official said Thursday.
While many Rohingya want to eventually return to their villages, UNICEF deputy executive director Justin Forsyth said that no one he met during visits to Bangladesh's refugee camps said they would go back now.
Refugees more than once, Rohingya fear return to Myanmar
KUTUPALONG REFUGEE CAMP, Bangladesh (AP) — Mohammad Younus is a refugee for the second time.
The 30-year-old Rohingya Muslim, who has been slowly rebuilding a shadow of a normal life in a sprawling and squalid refugee camp in Bangladesh, is in no mood to return home to Myanmar.
AP Interview: Richardson resigns from Rohingya refugee panel
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has resigned from an advisory panel on the massive Rohingya refugee crisis, calling it a "whitewash and a cheerleading operation" for Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Myanmar building, but no sign Rohingya are returning
TAUNGPYO, Myanmar (AP) — Workers on the Myanmar side of the border with Bangladesh laid bricks, dug ditches and drilled holes in building frames in preparation Wednesday for the possible repatriation of some of the Rohingya Muslims who have poured into Bangladesh in what's become the world's worst refugee crisis.
There was no sign, however, of any of the nearly 700,000 Rohingya chased away by Myanmar security forces.
Skepticism, worry amid preparation for Rohingya repatriation
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar says it's ready for a gradual repatriation of Muslim Rohingya refugees chased out by the Buddhist-majority country's military. Bangladesh says it's preparing for the transfer, but it might need more time.
Rohingya Muslim refugee return to Myanmar likely delayed
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — The gradual repatriation of more than 680,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees back to Myanmar from Bangladesh, scheduled to begin Tuesday, has been delayed amid widespread fears that they are being forced to return, Bangladesh said Monday. There was no immediate confirmation from Myanmar.
The refugees began pouring across the border into Bangladesh in August, fleeing waves of attacks by Myanmar security forces and Buddhist mobs.
The Latest: Bangladesh says Rohingya repatriation postponed
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — The Latest on the preparations for repatriating Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar (all times local):
A Bangladesh official says the repatriation of Rohingya Muslim refugees back to Myanmar, which was scheduled to begin Tuesday, has been postponed.
More Rohingya flee to Bangladesh despite repatriation deal
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Rohingya refugees are continuing to flee from Myanmar into Bangladesh, even after the two countries said they will begin repatriating members of the minority ethnic group next week, a Bangladesh official said Friday.
Over 650,000 Rohingya Muslims poured into Bangladesh after Myanmar's military launched a brutal crackdown against them in August.
7 dead as Myanmar police open fire to disperse protesters
BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar police opened fire at hundreds of protesters angry about a ban on a local festival, killing seven people, officials said Wednesday.
The protesters in Rakhine state marched through the ancient city of Mrauk-U and ransacked a government building on Tuesday after authorities banned the anniversary celebration of the founding of the old kingdom, saying they were not informed about it beforehand.
Myanmar army enjoys popularity surge amid Rohingya crackdown
BANGKOK (AP) — Activist Nyo Tun spent 10 years as a political prisoner locked away by Myanmar's military in the notorious Insein prison, where he endured beatings and other cruelty for his efforts to bring democracy.
"The military government was so brutal for many years," he said of the former junta, which ruled the country for decades until 2012 and then by proxy four more years — and still has a final say on security matters. "All they knew was how to torture anyone who was against them."
Bangladesh, Myanmar aim to finish Rohingya return in 2 years
BANGKOK (AP) — Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed they will try to complete the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled from violence in Myanmar within two years, Bangladesh's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.
Myanmar says 1st camp for Rohingya will be ready next week
BANGKOK (AP) — A top Myanmar official said Monday that a camp to house Rohingya Muslim and Hindu refugees who return from Bangladesh will be ready by its promised deadline next week.
Japan to provide $3 million to Myanmar for Rohingya return
BANGKOK (AP) — Japanese's foreign minister on Friday urged Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi to guarantee the safe and voluntary return of Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in troubled Rakhine state.
While Foreign Minister Taro Kono is visiting Myanmar, the Japanese government announced a grant of $3 million to Myanmar's government to help facilitate the repatriation of the Rohingya.
Aid group projects 48,000 births in crowded Rohingya camps
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — An aid agency projects 48,000 babies will be born this year in the refugee camps for Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh after military operations against them in Myanmar.
The babies will probably be born in tents in unsanitary conditions and will be at increased risk of disease and malnutrition, and of dying before age 5, Save the Children warned in its report Friday.
Rohingya refugees have only memories, saved on cellphones
KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh (AP) — Abdul Hasan can spend hours watching old videos he shot on his cellphone.
"My heart aches for my village, my home," the 16-year-old Rohingya refugee from Myanmar said in a camp in neighboring Bangladesh. "That's why we have brought these memories, this video, from Myanmar."
Rohingya survivors: Myanmar’s army slaughtered men, children
UKHIA, Bangladesh (AP) — For six hours he hid in an upstairs room, listening to the crackle of gunfire and the screams of people being slaughtered outside his Myanmar home.
Myanmar massacre survivors live amid reminders of tragedy
UKHIA, Bangladesh (AP) — Some of the massacre survivors hold precious photos or mementos that belonged to those they lost. Others bear physical scars or painful memories that swirl in their nightmares. A few survived and found the most treasured gift of all, their loved ones.
Rohingya Women Detail Rape by Myanmar Forces
Rohingya desperate to flee Myanmar are turning to swimming
SHAH PORIR DWIP, Bangladesh (AP) — Nabi Hussain owes his life to a yellow plastic oil container.
The 13-year-old Rohingya boy couldn't swim, and had never even seen the sea before fleeing his village in Myanmar. But he clung to the empty container and struggled across the water with it for about 2 1/2 miles, all the way to Bangladesh.
Myanmar attacks, sea voyage rob young father of everything
INANI BEACH, Bangladesh (AP) — Across the ferocious waves and the churning black water, Alam Jafar could see his frantic 7-year-old son gasping for breath, his arms flailing just above the ocean's surface.
It was raining, and a fierce monsoon storm had transformed the sky and the sea into a kaleidoscope of gray shadows that was impossible to escape. The little boy was crying out louder than he ever had in his life. He did not know how to swim.