The photos are heart-wrenching. In one, a woman embraces the lifeless body of a toddler. In another, a teary-eyed young boy holds out his hand, desperate for food. These are the faces of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority community in Myanmar—now facing ethnic cleansing. Maybe you’ve seen their faces in the news:
- Rohingya Refugees Fleeing Myanmar Await Entrance to Squalid Camps
- Satellite Images Show More Than 200 Rohingya Villages Burned in Myanmar
- Rohingya in Chicago make an emotional plea to the US: ‘Help our people’
Persecuted by Buddhist extremists for decades, the Rohingya are also part of one of the largest refugee communities in the United States.
That is why, for this month’s installment of Combating Extremism, we invite you to learn more about the Rohingya and to start a conversation in your community about extremism and this crisis:
The Rohingya Crisis is a stark reminder that extremism touches people from all religions. By combating extremism anywhere, we combat extremism everywhere.
Joyce S. Dubensky
P.S.: If you want to support the Rohingya, here is a list of organizations taking action.
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