Two Reuters reporters were awarded a Pulitzer Prize for reports on the trafficking of Rohingya Muslims, days before two Thailand-based journalists will appear in court, where they may face up to seven years in jail for republishing one paragraph of the award-winning work.
Temporary houses are being built in Kinchaung village in the restive northern Arakanese town of Maungdaw; but they are not for Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence – this time the emergency shelters are for Arakanese Buddhist refugees who have escaped persecution in neighbouring Bangladesh.
Life in Arakan state’s Maungdaw is hard on ethnic Arakanese refugees coming from Bangladesh. The people living here, resettled under a programme by the ministry of border affairs, have to face lack of both water and ways to make a living.
The refugees of Koung Jor camp decided to lay on their own Shan New Year’s festival for the first time inside the camp.
DVB Debate asks: are conditions right in Burma for refugees to return home?
Thai officials say the 73 refugees found in waters off Phuket in Thailand, will be repatriated to Burma.