They represent an ethnic minority and the largest Muslim population in Myanmar. Despite being indigenous to the country, they are not granted citizenship and are seen as illegal immigrants. Consequently, they have been suffering what the UN describes as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”. Since August 2017, the Myanmar military has launched “clearance operations” against Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state where they are killed, tortured, raped and their villages are burnt to the ground.
In just over a year, nearly 700,000 have fled their homes to neighbouring Bangladesh, representing the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world. However, the adverse conditions in which they seek shelter mean they have little access to aid, safe drinking water, food and healthcare.
This little boy is just one of hundreds of thousands of refugees, forced into a life of fear for no reason other than an ethnicity he did not choose. The next time you want to raise money for a cause, maybe you can remember his face...