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A fire in a Rohingya camp in Bangladesh leaves refugees homeless


More than a million Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar for several decades, including around 740,000 who crossed the border from August 2017, when Myanmar’s military launched a brutal crackdown.

Conditions in Myanmar have worsened since a military coup in 2021, and attempts to return refugees have failed.

Last year, the United States declared the oppression of the Rohingya in Myanmar amounted to genocide after US authorities confirmed accounts of mass atrocities against civilians by the military in a systematic campaign against the ethnic minority.

Muslim Rohingya face widespread discrimination in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, where most are denied citizenship and many other rights.

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.