By Saiful Huq Omi

The Rohingya people, a community of Muslim faith, often known as the “boat people”, have been living in the state of Arakan since the 8th century, which is currently a part of Myanmar [erstwhile Burma] yet, their government refuses to grant them citizenship. One of the most persecuted communities in the world, the Rohingyas experienced decades of oppression and marginalisation; and in 1982, the Citizenship Law of Burma, deemed them officially stateless. This compelled hundreds of Rohingyas to flee to ghettos and refuge camps in neighbouring Bangladesh and Thailand, where they eke out a tenuous livelihood as migrants.

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