Report by journalist Sophie Langlois on the situation of a family of Rohingya refugees living in Quebec.
This cry of alarm, Shafi Mohamed told our journalist Sophie Langlois in a report she presented to
Téléjournal on June 15, 2015 and hosted by Céline Galipeau.
Shafi Mohamed and his family have lived in Quebec since November 2014. The young father had to flee his native Myanmar – also known as Burma – because his life was threatened there.
Her father, a civil servant, is fired for no reason. His house and his village are burned by the Burmese army. He witnesses massacres.
He can't believe the warm welcome he received in Quebec City. After all, it has always been flouted in Myanmar.
All this because Shafi Mohamed belongs to a Muslim ethnic minority, the Rohingyas, which the Burmese authorities want to get rid of at all costs.
The Rohingyas have since long tossed by history.
In the 18th century, they lived in an independent kingdom, Arakan. In 1742, the British captured the kingdoms of Arakan and Burma and annexed them to their possession of India.
In the late 1940s , the British began to dismantle their colonial empire in Asia.
They granted independence to Burma in 1948 by integrating the kingdom of Arakan. In this state of Arakan – renamed Rakhine – Buddhist Burmese and Muslim Rohingya live side by side.
At its birth, the young Burmese democracy granted full civil rights to the Rohingyas as well as to other ethnic minorities who inhabit the country.
But in 1962, a junta military seizes power. The new masters all belong to the Burmese Buddhist majority. They have difficulty tolerant of the presence of ethnic and religious minorities.
They began to mistreat several of them, including the Rohingya.
In 1982, the Burmese dictatorship stripped the Rohingya of Burmese citizenship. The imposition of statelessness is a first step towards the expulsion of the Rohingya from Burma.
The Burmese government wants the Rohingya to return to their supposed native country, Bangladesh.
To convince them to flee, the Burmese army expels the Rohingya from their villages.
The United Nations estimates that 700,000 Rohingya have taken refuge in Bangladesh. They now live in makeshift camps.
Our camp is barely better than 'a prison. We have no freedom. We control our comings and goings, and we suffocate in our shelters.
A quote from Naba, Rohingya refugee
Our correspondent in China Yvan Côté went to one of these camps during a rare incursion by a Western journalist in Rakhine State.
< p class="StyledImageCaptionLegend-sc-57496c44-2 sbxsP">Reporting by correspondent Yvan Côté on the situation of the Rohingya in the refugee camps in Bangladesh
He brings us a moving report from this stay that he presents to
Téléjournal on January 5, 2016, hosted by Geneviève Asselin.
In the Sittwe camp, located near the border with Bangladesh, Yvan Côté meets Naba and his family.
The journalist says that Naba has feeling like he's rotting on the spot.
He can't study because there is no school. There is almost no medical care. Naba's brother almost lost his life due to an attack of malaria.
A situation not very surprising when we know that Buddhist doctors refuse to go to patients' bedsides.
Several young people fled the camp by sea. Many drowned. Others are captured by traffickers and end up as human merchandise.
All this, as Yvan Côté points out, takes place in the almost complete silence of the international community.
It is the largest humanitarian crisis in the world and it is still wreaking havoc out of sight in Myanmar. Ethnic cleansing, organized famines, large-scale rapes, the UN is once again sounding the alarm on the horror that the Rohingya minority experiences on a daily basis.
A quote from Céline Galipeau
On March 6, 2018, as noted by the host of
Téléjournal Céline Galipeau, nearly a million Rohingyas crowded into camps in Bangladesh.
Report by journalist Sophie Langlois on the situation of the Rohingya in the refugee camps in Bangladesh
This frightening statistic is part of the introduction to a report presented that evening by our colleague Sophie Langlois.
She had access to rare images from Myanmar.
The journalist describes the horror. The army is destroying villages and probably hiding corpses in mass graves.
The cruel irony is that these crimes are taking place while the democracy has just been restored in Myanmar.
The arrival of the democratic opposition, led by the international icon Aung San Suu Kyi, was to seal a great national reconciliation.
Instead of this, the one we call the Lady of Rangoon let xenophobic passion and violence be unleashed without saying anything.
< p class="StyledImageCaptionLegend-sc-57496c44-2 sbxsP">Céline Galipeau and Asia correspondent Philippe Leblanc analyze the situation of Rohingya refugees in camps in Bangladesh and the possibility of a political solution to this crisis.
June 26, 2021, a little more than three years after the report by Sophie Langlois, the host of the show
Personne n' x27;talks about it, Céline Galipeau, analyzes with the correspondent in Asia Philippe Leblanc, the situation which still seems inextricable for the Rohingyas.
Condemnations resound in the international community.
But this will hardly move the military junta which has ruled Myanmar since February 1, 2021.
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