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- Currently, there are about 1.1 million Rohingya Muslims who live in the Southeast Asian country.
- The Rohingya speak Rohingya or Ruaingga, a dialect that is distinct to others spoken in Rakhine State and throughout Myanmar.
- They are not considered one of the country’s 135 official ethnic groups and have been denied citizenship in Myanmar since 1982
- Nearly all of the Rohingya in Myanmar live in the western coastal state of Rakhine and are not allowed to leave without government permission
- Muslims have lived in the area now known as Myanmar since as early as the 12th century, according to many historians and Rohingya groups.
- Rohingya found outside refugee camps in Thailand are treated the same as illegal immigrants.
- Since the late 1970s, nearly one million Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar due to widespread persecution.
- According to the most recently available data from the United Nations in May, more than 168,000 Rohingya have fledMyanmar since 2012.
- Following violence that broke out last year, more than 87,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh from October 2016 to July 2017,
- The international community has labelled the Rohingya the “most persecuted minority in the world”.
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