Rohingya people

Black and white illustration of a boat on rocky waters

A boat carrying 180 Rohingya refugees vanished. A frantic phone call helped untangle the mystery.


Last year, an estimated 3,500 Rohingya Muslims boarded wooden boats and set off from Bangladesh, across hundreds of miles of dangerous waters in the Bay of Bengal, in search of starting new lives in Malaysia or Indonesia. Hundreds of them never made it.

Anti-coup protesters walk through a market with images of ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi at Kamayut township in Yangon, Myanmar, April 8, 2021. They walked through the markets and streets of Kamayut township with slogans to show their disaffection

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Conflict & Justice
People walk along a deserted road blocked with improvised barricades build by anti-coup protesters to secure a neighborhood in Yangon, Myanmar, March 18, 2021.

Inside Myanmar, calls for UN intervention grow louder

A man cast his ballot during the early voting ahead of the Nov. 8 general election, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spread in Yangon, Myanmar, Oct. 30, 2020.

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A man wearing a face mask is seen under a bridge of Yangtze river

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Rohingya refugees walk along the road in the evening at Balukhali camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Nov. 16, 2018. 

Rohingya women are traditionally kept out of leadership roles. Will the coronavirus change that? 


If there is a COVID-19 outbreak in overcrowded Rohingya refugee camps, the success of the response may depend in part on the status of women in the camps.

Gambia's Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou speaks on the first day of hearings in a case against Myanmar alleging genocide against the minority Muslim Rohingya population at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands.

Gambian minister brought Myanmar to The Hague ‘in the name of humanity’


The small West African country has its own long history of human rights abuses. The Gambia’s Justice Minister says those experiences — along with memories of the world’s silence on the Rwandan genocide — inspired The Gambia to bring a case against Myanmar to the International Court of Justice.

A man looks at a screen showing the face of another man projected on a wall

In Myanmar, underground poetry nights build bridges between Rohingya and Burmese writers


The event’s participants and organizers were fully aware that they were doing something sensitive. In a country where even the word “Rohingya” is taboo, there was a risk that the audience would respond badly.

A judge shakes hands with a man at his citizenship ceremony

What it’s like to become a US citizen after a lifetime of statelessness


After 42 years as a stateless Rohingya refugee, one Chicago man became a US citizen this summer.

Three young men sit closely together and look at a cell phone

Fast friends, Rohingya refugees in exile rebuild their lives in Malaysia


Mohamudul Hasson and Tobarik Huson, both Rohingya from Myanmar, met in Malaysia after taking arduous journeys to escape persecution and stagnation as stateless Muslim minorities. Neither Myanmar nor neighboring Bangladesh recognizes them as citizens.