In the last days of August 2017, Myanmar’s westernmost coastal region erupted in a frenzied fit of killing and burning. Nearly 400 Rohingya villages were encircled and razed to the ground by soldiers, who often opened fire from beyond the village perimeter, spraying bullets through the latticed wooden walls of houses.
The speed of the exodus that followed was staggering. Within three weeks, 300,000 refugees had fled to Bangladesh; by 1st October 2017, the number had passed half a million. In time, that figure climbed to nearly three quarters of a million. One 25-year-old woman, whom I interviewed in the camp in Bangladesh, came from a village called Chut Pyin. She told me how, on the morning of 27th August, she had been taken from her house by…
Register today to continue reading
You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.
You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.
Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with our newsletter, subscription offers and other relevant information.
Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.
Already a subscriber? Log in here