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Who are the Rohingya?

And what’s their problem?

Most media sources and wiki describe the Rohingya as the world’s most persecuted people, a population of about 1.1 million people who live predominately in Rakhine state within Myanmar. The Rohingya people say they are descendants of Muslims, perhaps Persian and Arab traders, who came to Myanmar generations ago. Unlike the Buddhist community, they speak a language similar to the Bengali dialect of Chittagong in Bangladesh.

Looking back over 1000 years of history we cannot be precise. It is well documented that Southeast Asia was more influenced by Hinduism over the first few centuries of the B.C. era and this was followed by Buddhism which became the predominant philosophy. Under Hinduism and Buddhism, the region

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Myanmar

A land of pagodas

Once part of the Indian Empire and known as Brahmadesh which was shortened to Burma by the British who once ruled this Buddhist country. After independence, it’s name was changed to Myanmar which has become one of the worlds newest tourist destinations although the infrastructure struggles to cope with the rapidly growing tourist numbers.

Stretching about 2000km from north to south and surrounded by Bangladesh, India, China, Laos and Thailand (Siam), Myanmar’s natural beauty was revealed recently by Top Gear’s (three idiots abroad) who drove trucks from Yangon, (a river city and the capital of Myanmar) to Thailand. Myanmar is accessed by road and air from all these countries.

Many political and ethnic opposition groups and

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