Rohingya Muslim children, who live in Malaysia, in class at School of Rohingya in Kuala Lumpur January 31, 2013. According to Amnesty International, the Rohingya people have continued to suffer from human rights violations under the Burmese junta since 1978, and many have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh, Thailand and Malaysia. DPI/Samsul Said.


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The Rohingya identify themselves as a Muslim ethnic group living in western Myanmar. Buddhists in Myanmar call them Bengalis and demand that the name Rohingya be stricken from public discourse. The Rohingya have been discriminated for some time and as a result have fled, in some cases, to neighboring countries. For the Rohingya this is their personal diaspora.

In 2013 DPI was fortunate to have received from one of our contributing photojournalists, Samsul Said who was based in Malaysia, an extensive photo essay on Rohingya refugees in their struggle to rebuild their lives in Malaysia. His essay “School of Rohingya” can be accessed here.

Below is a current dispatch from the Wall Street Journal (May 6, 2016) on the situation in Myanmar.