In 2012, sectarian voilence in the Rakhine state of Myanmar forced around 140,000 people to flee their homes. The Muslim Rohingya community in particular were faced with severe persecution and left in an impoverished and stateless condition. Many attempting to flee the country via sea only suffered further physical and sexual abuse.
Fresh displacement was witnessed in 2014, leading to more than 100,000 additional internally displaced people; ever growing oppression in a region already suffering from high levels of poverty and food insecurity.
Myanmar’s Rohingya community are known to be one of the world’s most persecuted minorities, living already within one of the world’s poorest countries.