History of Rohingya Persecution

History of Rohingya Persecution

Top of Mind with Julie Rose

Rohingya, Orson Scott Card's "Extinct", PBS Vietnam War

Episode: Rohingya, Orson Scott Card's "Extinct", PBS Vietnam War

  • Sep 28, 2017 11:00 pm
  • 14:46 mins

Guest: Engy Abdelkar, JD, Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University  In just the last month, nearly half a million people have fled Myanmar into neighboring Bangladesh. They’re known as the Rohingya and a UN official says the way they’re being violently targeted by Myanmar’s military amounts to “ethnic cleansing.” A visit by a UN team to observe the situation was abruptly cancelled by Myanmar’s government today. While the plight of this people is new to most of us in the West, the persecution of the Rohingya in Myanmar goes back decades and has roots in the era of British colonial rule, when Myanmar was known as Burma.