Aung San Suu Kyi visits the area of the Rohingya crisis
The Burmese State Councilor, Aung San Suu Kyi (center), on her visit to the area where the Rohingya crisis broke out, Maungdaw, on November 2, 2017. The Burmese leader visits this area for the first time, from where thousands from Rohinyas have fled
The Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi visited this Thursday for the first time the west of the country where last August the army launched a campaign of repression that forced the Rohingya Muslims to flee massively to neighboring Bangladesh.
“The State Councilor (official title of Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate) is in Sittwe and will visit Maungdaw and Buthidaung,” Zaw Htay, a government spokeswoman, told AFP, mentioning two districts in the northern part of the state. Rakáin, epicenter of violence described by the UN as “ethnic cleansing”.
The Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since the outbreak of riots, triggering a humanitarian crisis.
The Burmese authorities claim that their operations against the Rohingya were a response to rebel attacks by this Muslim minority.
Some 900,000 Rohingya Muslims from Burma are crowded into tent camps in southern Bangladesh.