Rohingya Mark 5 Years Since Exodus from Myanmar

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The Facts

  • On Thurs., Rohingya refugees marked the fifth anniversary of their mass exodus from Myanmar to Bangladesh. It's estimated that 740K people crossed the border in Aug. 2017 to escape a "clearance operation" launched by the Myanmar military.

  • Bangladesh is now home to over 1M Rohingya refugees that have arrived over decades and its officials have expressed frustration over their repatriation after failed attempts to send them back to Myanmar since 2017.


The Spin

Establishment-critical narrative

International stakeholders should stop meddling in Myanmar's affairs for their own political purposes. The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army carried out terrorist attacks in Rakhine, killing innocent civilians and law enforcement, and forcing locals to flee to Bangladesh. The government had to take action to restore peace and stability in the region, and did so in accordance to existing rules and regulations. It's now doing all it can to verify and repatriate those who fled, following bilateral agreements.

Pro-establishment narrative

There's plenty of evidence that Myanmar carried out a genocide campaign in Rakhine state in 2017, capping decades of discrimination and abuses against the minority Rohingya population. The international community is rightly speaking out against an oppressive and abusive regime. It's only a matter of time before those responsible must be held accountable.


Establishment split

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