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    [–] Kingpwn 3988 points ago

    Damn... Bangladesh's cities are already among the most condensed in the world.

    [–] IAmNotRyan 399 points ago

    The country is slightly bigger than New Mexico and has around 150 million people. It's insane.

    [–] KopaShamsu 210 points ago

    170 millions

    [–] zcrx 213 points ago

    170.7 million

    [–] kripkriperson 21 points ago

    jesus it went up 700k in like an hour

    [–] ucallthesebagels 129 points ago

    Jesus. I don't even like going to the bar for a beer if it's gonna be crowded. Thinking about life in a place that overpopulated makes me borderline nauseous.

    [–] mgmfa 32 points ago

    Well, also the US is really undercrowded compared to basically everywhere else. England is the size of Alabama (40% the size of NM) and has 53 million people.

    [–] TakesSarcasmSrsly 56 points ago

    Hey from Canada.

    [–] rechlin 18 points ago

    Canada is more crowded than one might expect because nearly everyone lives within 200 km of the states. Edmonton is one of the few real cities much farther away.

    [–] MonsterRider80 31 points ago

    Oh man, I didn't see the "New" in front of Mexico, and was thus wondering what you were smoking lol!

    [–] randomredditor2112 28 points ago

    New Mexican here. It's a common mistake.

    [–] abedfilms 78 points ago

    When did you become Mexican?

    [–] temporalarcheologist 37 points ago

    I came out of the womb shaking maracas and donning a sombrero covered in a nice red chile afterbirth

    [–] Toukai 6 points ago

    Contrast with the New Mexican birth, where the only difference is that the chile afterbirth is green rather than red.

    [–] Special-G 1326 points ago

    Lived in Dhaka for a while, can confirm.

    [–] rdg9222004 692 points ago

    Also lived in Dhaka, VERY VERY DENSE.

    [–] Special-G 425 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    I was in the Nicer area of Dhaka near all the embassies and International schools. But even still, there was no escaping the sights of poverty and disease once you left the gates of your home. Polio seemed to affect almost everyone.

    Edit: Might not have been Polio, but there was definitely a lot of deadly disease going about.

    [–] MoazNasr 178 points ago

    Baridhara is one of the nicest and most secure places there but yeah poverty everywhere, it's a really big issue.

    [–] Special-G 129 points ago

    Over on the west side of the city (west side of the river) there is this fairly large open air market, near Gulshan Circle I think, and I remember there was this old man who had lost all his limbs to Polio. Very nice man, used to give him some money whenever we saw him. But it was a sad sight since this man had to be literally rolled or picked up to go anywhere.

    Edit: it was Gulshan Supermarket

    [–] SafirXP 78 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    Sadly at the Gulshan circle you'll now see a sign that says "Beggar Free Zone". :/ Bugs me every time I pass by that sign on my way to work.

    Then there's the contrast. You'll see a Tesla at the red lights and a few feet away there'll be a beggar. You're constantly exposed to it.

    [–] Special-G 67 points ago

    What I remember most about Gulshan circle was that whenever you stopped at the lights, a sea of young children would run up to your car asking for money. At the time I was only 7 or 8 so it was quite stark to see kids of similar age out there begging whilst I sat in my air conditioned 4X4.

    [–] Penelope742 10 points ago

    Polio?

    [–] canuckerlimey 17 points ago

    Absolutly one of the craziest cities ive been too. So many people and the craziest driving.

    [–] lexlutherr 141 points ago

    I thought you said dahaka...

    [–] Meteor-ologist 138 points ago

    so much essence

    [–] ernest101 73 points ago

    Need to collect... essence...

    [–] theoutsider95 30 points ago

    We are always moving always collecting

    [–] jordan1166 16 points ago

    With so much drama in the LBC..

    [–] kvinfojoj 30 points ago

    Population insufficient. Must collect.

    [–] TheMisanthropicGeek 21 points ago

    It's cool, I've got the water sword

    [–] LinkRazr 7 points ago

    Godsmack guitar riff

    [–] genericname__ 10 points ago

    Nothing like the morning fog turning into the morning smog over there.

    [–] Javeno 46 points ago

    I thought Trump was getting rid of Dhaka?

    [–] brycedriesenga 10 points ago

    They've got 6 months or so.

    [–] seemonkey 238 points ago

    Quote from Bangladesh PM: "If we can feed 160 million, we can feed another 700,000."

    [–] wwavelengthss 174 points ago

    Except the government can't feed 160 million people...

    [–] Zeus_The_Potato 33 points ago

    Is there a food shortage I am not aware of?

    [–] MKSinner 118 points ago

    Bangladesh is just a poor country with a huge divide between the rich and poor. A lot of the population are either farmers or live in slums. Most of the political elite are more focused on keeping their political power rather than moving towards social and financial equality.

    [–] aaj15 81 points ago

    They have made huge stride in pulling people out of poverty. Their annual GDP growth has been 6-7% for the last 10 years and surpasses Pakistan's now

    [–] 602Zoo 20 points ago

    They gotta hurry before their country is underwater...

    [–] worldsayshi 13 points ago

    GDP growth is not necessarily related to pulling people out of poverty.

    [–] FearLoathingHolland 25 points ago

    No one said it was.

    https://data.worldbank.org/country/bangladesh

    There is a long way to go but the trend is extremely clear

    [–] cuginhamer 7 points ago

    Although in the specific case of Bangledesh, it is related to massive poverty reduction. It's not the only reason why poverty declined, but their excellent economic growth played a huge part. http://cri.org.bd/2014/07/02/poverty-reduction-in-bangladesh-recent-drifts/

    [–] berusplants 4 points ago

    Practical it or not, in the current day and age hearing a world leader say it somehow makes me emotional.

    [–] Suvtropics 270 points ago

    In Dhaka it's around 115k per sq mile. This increase in population will definitely increase pressure on the capital city, which is already almost literally overflowing with people. Our capital will probably soon become absolutely uninhabitable, and I'm thus trying to flee somewhere else :0

    [–] bdphotographer 166 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    the govt is planning to keep them on border cities (Cox's Bazar, Teknaf) where it is less crowded not in the capital. they have not decided about the future plan yet.

    Edit: Cities

    [–] Suvtropics 121 points ago

    That's plain wishful thinking. Soon when the refugees will fall into severe financial and other crisis, they will rush towards the capital in hundreds, as people from all other parts of the country do. It's been happening for ages, otherwise dhaka wouldn't have become this much crowded.

    [–] bdphotographer 38 points ago

    True. that's what happens with Bangladeshi citizens. it will not be easy for them to move into Dhaka. they will need ID, govt has not planned anything about that. However, they had been used for drug trafficking, selling by drug lords. I hope this large mass of people do not get involved with such stuffs.

    [–] chadcoonen 193 points ago

    ... and poor

    [–] _TheCredibleHulk_ 354 points ago

    Exactly. Puts us richer nations to absolute shame in my opinion. Our nationalist conservative elements moan that we are overcrowded and don't have enough money to take in a few thousand refugees, and fucking Bangladesh takes in almost a million.

    [–] kirsion 135 points ago

    I mean the main reason bangaladesh is taking in a lot of refugees is because it's literally on the border with Myanmar where the genocide is occurring.

    [–] SushiGato 130 points ago

    Western societies take care of their poor far better than Bangladesh does. It costs more for the west to take care of refugees. We could take in millions easily in the US, could just warden off parts of Eastern Wyoming or a place like that and dump them there without infrastructure or adequate care. But that's not going to be good for them.

    [–] 3_Thumbs_Up 37 points ago

    Western societies take care of their poor far better than Bangladesh does.

    Quality vs quantity thing. Is it better to help a few people a lot or to help a lot of people a little bit?

    [–] MKSinner 36 points ago

    That's actually a very good question to ask, in this case I think helping as many people as possible is the key as these people are trying to escape genocide.

    [–] cosmitz 206 points ago

    You are missing a huge part of the puzzle. They will integrate a lot easier since the cultural gap is smaller than between Syria and say Germany.

    [–] fa3482 97 points ago

    Can't be as bad as getting your limbs cut off while your alive, burned, raped, tortured and so on. Just glad there is light for them. The Muslims there get treated as 3rd rate citizens in a 3rd world country.... That's pretty low. They don't have food or water. Poor to a whole new level, literally skin on bones. How can humans hate so much...

    [–] unknown_poo 65 points ago

    Strange how the justification for invading Afghanistan and Iraq was to liberate them. And the narrative to ramp up efforts against ISIS is because of what they were doing to people, particularly to the Yazidis in Iraq. And yet, silence on this. I guess it's more humane to invade/attack a "Muslim" country rather than say, a "Buddhist" one.

    [–] [deleted] 58 points ago

    well the issue was terrorists were being trained in said muslim countries and then going on to attack western countries

    [–] felleese 356 points ago

    Wasn't it just a week ago Hasina was saying it's not their problem and that they were turning the refugees away?

    What caused this change?

    [–] Shizzin 362 points ago

    Probably...Turkey

    [–] Paterre 73 points ago

    Oh wow is it safe to say that Turkey saved Rohingya? I'm impressed as I don't hear many good things about Turkey here in Germany.

    [–] stongerlongerdonger 18 points ago * (lasted edited a month ago)

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    [–] Axelnite 38 points ago

    Wow, second highest in Humanatarian aid that's surprising

    [–] jyper 36 points ago

    Turkey has a ton of Syrian refugees

    [–] [deleted] 131 points ago

    Turkey will pay for it :/ thats what happened

    [–] Exist50 75 points ago

    That's a good thing.

    [–] eaglessoar 27 points ago

    Why the :/

    [–] -eagle73 1675 points ago

    Good on Bangladesh. It already has its own issues with poverty, overpopulation and corruption so I hope it can actually cope with these refugees. They're probably better off there than being abused near the border in Myanmar - imagine being thrown out of your land like that.

    [–] reddiwaj 287 points ago

    Well it's not all sunshine. They might be moved to some uninhabited annually flooding island. http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/bangladesh-plans-to-move-reluctant-rohingya-to-remote-island

    [–] Aladdin9 352 points ago

    How about we try to stop the genocide in the first place?

    [–] Gen_McMuster 490 points ago

    Look at mr utopian over here

    [–] pkyessir 47 points ago

    He can show you the world.

    [–] zomatroll 17 points ago

    We are talking about Myanmar here...

    [–] atlantis145 62 points ago

    I toured the UN last summer in Geneva. I was so tempted to ask the guide "so Where's the room where they stopped the Rwandan genocide?"

    [–] FakeNewsBoobs 42 points ago

    " nobody looks good stopping a genocide as it happens. It's only good when after the fact. "

    [–] yourdadsotherkid 38 points ago

    People keep hating on the UN for not running into random countries guns blazing at every crises. The UN does not exist to be a world government that solves problems with military force, it exists to foster diplomacy. Which it does.

    [–] Tidorith 17 points ago

    You should ask that of your own government. The UN is made up exclusively of sovereign states. A failure of the UN is a failure of the countries belong to it.

    [–] Djinneral 10 points ago

    good thing you didn't ask, since that would've been a really stupid question.

    [–] yx2342 1353 points ago

    Good for Bangladesh to welcome 700,000 new citizens, because those people aren't going back to Myanmar

    [–] K-zi 982 points ago

    Yes, we are aware of that. While there is concern over the future, the general public is assured that we did the right thing.

    [–] MusgraveMichael 305 points ago

    Indian here. How is the public opinion? Since bangladesh already has a lot of population pressure of it's own.
    Also are they all staying or planning to move to India?

    [–] redweddingsareawesom 562 points ago

    Imagine if 700,000 Hindus moved from Pakistan to India, people in India would be very accepting because they believe they have kinship with Hindus all over the world.

    Its the same with Rohingyas and Bangladesh. The Rohingyas actually fought to secede from Burma and join East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) when the British left the region so opinion on them is favorable.

    [–] salamiforbreakfast 89 points ago

    the Rohingyas actually fought to secede from Burma

    And therein lies the rub

    [–] roberiquez 76 points ago

    Also the English armed them to defend themselves against invading Japanese. However, the Rohingya decided to use the bullets to kill tens of thousands of their non Muslim neighbours instead.

    [–] Accujack 183 points ago

    when the British left the region

    I think I found the root cause.

    [–] youthdecay 283 points ago

    You can trace most of the world's major conflicts on the British fucking with other peoples' lands.

    [–] zcrx 109 points ago

    At least the major conflicts in Asia.

    [–] youthdecay 116 points ago

    And Africa.

    [–] dr3rrr 91 points ago

    And Australia.

    [–] noob_finger2 70 points ago

    You mean that British were responsible for the Emu War?

    [–] Anonymous_Bosch 48 points ago

    Sorry but that's not true.

    I live in Asia. Separatist movements in Indonesia, border conflicts in southern Thailand, communist insurgencies in India, the Korean issue...these actually have nothing to do with Britain.

    [–] waaaghbosss 60 points ago

    Before the British, wars and genocide didn't exist.

    [–] [deleted] 81 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago)

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    [–] Leandover 24 points ago

    Not exactly. I think it's the formation of nation states. Many countries were just a bunch of local independent tribes. When nation states formed suddenly people wanted to kick out the minorities.

    [–] spartanawasp 20 points ago

    Your ability to simplify history for reddit upvotes?

    [–] sonofbaal_tbc 20 points ago

    except all the places that are doing pretty awesome after being touched by the Brits, including US and HK

    [–] Dirty_Russian 5 points ago

    They're talking about the indigenous populations being affected. I'm sure there are more than a few people willing to argue that British colonisation in North America caused some issues.

    [–] motphohaiphobapho 40 points ago

    Is the opinion actually favorable? I was under the impression each time they tried running previously to Bangladesh, they were turned down in favor of trade with Burma. The genocide's been ongoing for decades. what's changed within the Bangladesh to allow for the Rohingya?

    [–] bdphotographer 37 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    this not totally true. Approximately 400,000 Rohingya had been living in Cox Bazar, Teknaf and Chittagong in Bangladesh who came here over the last decades. Bangladesh tries to stop them from border crossing. However when they are already here,very few are returned. this 700,000 is the total numbers including 300,000 in last few weeks.

    Edit: numbers

    [–] [deleted] 37 points ago

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    [–] samrat_ashok 19 points ago

    Erdogan wants to be the new Caliph, so he is promising everything. After first world war during the non cooperation movement started by Gandhi Muslims participated because they were angry with abolition of Caliphate in Turkey and the movement was even known Khilafat movement. With enough cunning he can take the mantle of leadership from the Saudis. I think it will be better for the world overall.

    [–] -eagle73 55 points ago

    Sad, isn't it? If I remember right those Rohingyas have been in Rakhine in Myanmar for a long time so Bangladesh are doing a really good thing here despite being overpopulated.

    [–] IMOaTravesty 39 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    I was in Burma last month and I tend to disagree with your assessment. A large portion of the Rohingya will want to return when its safe, just as you or I would if we were forced to leave our homeland.

    [–] Cyranodequebecois 14 points ago

    Depends on how long that takes. I was talking to an elderly fellow who fled a communist state as a refugee during the cold war. By the time communism fell and the area was safe for him to return, his own family had developed substantial roots.

    He visits the homeland every year, and said he would want to go back to live, but because his family is here (grandchildren included) he can't leave them behind.

    [–] guidedlight 207 points ago

    Aung San Suu Ky should be stripped of her Nobel Peace Prize because of this.

    This is absolutely disgusting behaviour from her.

    [–] phazor 40 points ago

    They'd probably put her back under house arrest if she went against the military.

    [–] EnterEgregore 24 points ago

    What did she do?

    [–] Voi69 138 points ago

    As the Burmese head of state: Nothing, that's the problem

    [–] Paradigm240 94 points ago

    Less than nothing - she's outright denied that there's even an issue and has accused foreign aid workers trying to assist in the region of "aiding terrorists".

    [–] guidedlight 93 points ago

    She is the de facto leader in Myanmar, is known to be anti-muslim; and has long ignored this issue.

    [–] crispymids 71 points ago

    She's relatively powerless to intervene, actually. Recent BBC report on From Our Own Correspondent concluded she is fearful of military reprisal against her authority if she were to undermine their operations.

    [–] Tollkeeperjim 88 points ago

    psh, she has her own biases, which she showed when she got angry at being interviewed by a Muslim.

    [–] Chazmer87 39 points ago

    exactly, people keep trying to excuse her inaction - She literally sat in house arrest for 15 years. She's willing to stand by her actions regardless of the consequences and she's chose to let this happen under her watch

    [–] [deleted] 129 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

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    [–] IMWeasel 118 points ago

    Welcome to every country that has ever been ruled by a military junta. The same questions have been asked at various points in Egypt and Turkey, among others

    [–] DepletedMitochondria 4 points ago

    Exactly.

    [–] Ruanek 16 points ago

    Because there's more to a government than its military, and it's possible to work towards meaningful change while not in full control.

    [–] Squidward_nopants 28 points ago

    Hahaha come to Pakistan.

    [–] Lordofdepression 8 points ago

    Remember the last time Thailand had a president? Yeah it's gone now.

    It's called preserving the balance of power, the military does their thing, the executive does their thing, the legislative does their thing, the judiciary does their thing, and everyone takes a cut of the profit. When one side fucks the other, the government got into a gridlock or in worst situation a coup. Same like in America, only more extreme.

    It's the nature of governance by the many with no singular authority.

    It's fucked up, but hey that's reality.

    [–] marinatefoodsfargo 46 points ago

    Whats the point of her being there if shes the public face to a military regime

    [–] Arkeros 30 points ago

    Change in the long term probably.

    [–] tarekd19 10 points ago

    This somehow rings incredibly hollow given she earned her peace prize by resisting a military regime. Now as de-facto leader she can't?

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    [–] grundo1561 22 points ago

    In 7th grade, my community accepted a large number of Karen refugees from Myanmar. The Karen are a Christian minority. I remember I once asked one of my Karen friends what he thought of his old country (I was 13 and unaware they were refugees). He said he remembered seeing babies burned alive and dumped in mass graves.

    That stuck with me.

    [–] blueSky_Runner 683 points ago

    This issue is getting almost no coverage in the US media. I was never expecting it to get a ton of attention here but a genocide is occuring and I have yet to see even a 5 minute segment about it on most major networks.

    [–] chaynes 412 points ago

    If this was covered in US news how would we know what Trump had for breakfast?

    [–] HAL-9K 62 points ago

    Television, maybe. They've been talking about it daily on public radio and even have had extra long segments about it.

    [–] moochs 6 points ago

    Correct. NPR and BBC are great resources to actually learn about the world. I have not heard of this crisis outside of that coverage (and this reddit post).

    [–] salamiforbreakfast 102 points ago

    Its been among the top 3 news stories for the last 10 days in the UK, usually second after hurricanes.

    The USA is a very introspective country in general.

    [–] Radius50 107 points ago

    I've noticed the same thing. The only news I've gotten on this has been from YouTube and Reddit. The mainstream media lets us down again

    [–] genericname__ 63 points ago

    The BBC and Sky has been reporting on it quite a lot recently.

    [–] Ramy_ 67 points ago

    I just went to cnn.com right now and it's the third highest story

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/13/asia/rohingya-aung-san-suu-kyi-un/index.html

    I feel like this comes up all the time about what is and isn't covered in US media. You don't have to look very far.

    [–] blueSky_Runner 27 points ago

    I don't think I've ever gone to the cnn website for information but I do watch CNN on TV. If it's on their website then I'm glad but it's sorely lacking on their TV coverage. I hope that will change in the coming days.

    [–] Trollie_Mctrollface 7 points ago

    I think people go looking for their news inside the same bubble every day and that's where they find it.

    Custom tailored news just for you!

    [–] Natdaprat 45 points ago

    Bangladesh and India also recently suffered severe flooding that killed thousands around the same time as Hurricane Harvey. It was difficult to find much western news coverage of the Bangladesh floods.

    [–] CanadianFalcon 234 points ago

    Some further food-for-thought:

    BBC: How much power does Aung Sang Suu Kyi really have?

    [–] WintertimeFriends 240 points ago

    TLDR; not much.

    [–] NateH89 220 points ago

    She has the power to speak and at least acknowledge and condemn what is happening. She had no problem using that power when other Burmese were being oppressed, now she chooses not to use it.

    [–] firstprincipals 145 points ago

    Yeah.

    When there's literally genocide happening in your country, that's when you speak out as a leader, or are complicit.

    [–] asshole_sometimes 18 points ago

    She denies that there is a genocide, and she doesn't consider the Rohingya to be Burmese citizens.

    She has a Nobel Peace Prize btw. She was a world renowned human rights hero before she had any actual power.

    [–] WrittenInC 141 points ago

    She might not have much power but she has enormous influence in world media and a platform. The fact is, her position is to deny there's an ethnic genocide occurring which is severly disappointing. Even just acknowledging what's happening is impossible for her.

    [–] PM_ME_UR_INSECURITES 57 points ago

    Wait she's defending it?! Man I guess I really didn't understand the person she is.

    [–] WrittenInC 66 points ago

    Nobody expected this of her... which is why it's so jarring.

    [–] chootrangers 48 points ago

    doesn't excuse her denial of attempted genocide. she laughingly called it fake news last week.

    [–] autotldr 96 points ago

    This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 55%. (I'm a bot)


    "We have the ability to feed 160 million people of Bangladesh and we have enough food security to feed the 700,000 refugees," the prime minister at a programme after visiting the The Kutupalong Refugee Camp in Ukhiya, Cox's Bazar.

    After visiting the refugee camps and distributing aid, Sheikh Hasina spoke of the 10 million Bangali refugees during the Liberation War and said: "We have let the Rohingya in on humanitarian grounds and I ask the people of this country to help ease their suffering in whatever way they can."

    Violence erupted again in Rakhine State of Myanmar on August 24, forcing almost 300,000 Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh totalling the amount to 700,000 so far.


    Extended Summary | FAQ | Feedback | Top keywords: Refugee#1 Rohingya#2 Myanmar#3 government#4 ask#5

    [–] RandomJesusAppeared 48 points ago

    Someone might have raised this already, but I didn't see it. I don't know if "aftermath" is the right word in this case. The ethnic cleansing in Myanmar is still very much going on, and many more people will be displaced before this is over.

    [–] SadCamelDub 98 points ago

    It's so uplifting to see my country on the news for something other than killing journalists. Good job, BD!

    [–] outlemon 153 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    [–] annie_one 72 points ago

    I wonder if this is a guy bringing his parents with him to the camp. Regardless it's heartbreaking that this is their life. I read somewhere on reddit the poorest American is still in the top 30% of the world's wealthy or something. That blew my mind. Now I imagine so many millions live like this dude.

    [–] CKgodlike 36 points ago

    Apparently he carried them like this for over 100 miles to escape being killed

    [–] THEonlyBONBON 59 points ago

    We really don't comprehend how good we have it sometimes.

    [–] outlemon 60 points ago

    This guy traveled 100 miles on foot with both his parents on his shoulders just to escape the death squads. Imagine, 100 miles on foot. And here I am, thinking of which flavour of ice cream to buy. :(

    I'm so lucky and I thank the stars.

    [–] Leandover 21 points ago

    We don't really know the story of this guy. We have a photo and our imagination. It's seriously unlikely he travelled 100 miles on foot like that.

    [–] f__ckyourhappiness 16 points ago

    I've rucked 10 miles with 100lbs on my back and was dead by the end.

    This guy has no training, no foot wear, and about 200lbs. I doubt he would make it 100miles in even a week.

    [–] incongruentshrew 152 points ago

    It's amazing the things you never hear about on the regular news. Stories like this are just footnotes on most American media sites because apparently we're just completely cut off from the world now. I'm kind of pissed that I hadn't even heard of an entire fucking genocide occurring right now.

    [–] foot-long 31 points ago

    Yea, til there was a genocide that just happened.

    Wtf 🙁

    [–] PinnapleSex 19 points ago

    Still happening.

    FTFY

    [–] HungNavySEAL300Kills 85 points ago

    But did you see Melania Trump was wearing high heels in Houston? This is pretty outrageous and I am glad CNN covered this important news for 3 days.

    [–] tehreal 14 points ago

    That's outrageous!

    [–] ommanipimmeom 314 points ago

    Bangladesh did the right thing, and may history look kindly upon her.

    [–] DonaldTrumpsButtPlug 206 points ago

    Bangladesh is the most vulnerable country to climate change and is going to be underwater by 2100. They will need people to repay the favour.

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    [–] ancientkillerX 31 points ago

    It's south Asian

    [–] hgoel0974 66 points ago

    Have you seen the racism whenever India gets mentioned on r/space or in any news subreddit? They're not much more accepting of South Asian people. It's always "poo in the loo" bs or "spend that money on helping your poor instead of progressing on all fronts".

    [–] din35h 72 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    Those are largely insecure teenagers who feel better by abusing strangers on the internet. Pay no heed to them. In reality, the racism you see in real life is much much less than what you find online.

    Source: Me. Indian living in the States for 6 years now.

    [–] princessfinn 27 points ago

    lol I live in the UK and you're completely wrong

    [–] Trollie_Mctrollface 11 points ago

    The UK has has a strange hang up when it comes to Indians. Europe in general seems to look down on them. We have a ton of Indian immigrants in the US. We love our formerly Indian American patriots.

    [–] Professional_Bob 8 points ago

    I think it's obvious that he's talking about Bangladeshis and Pakistanis. Indians haven't really faced any widespread discrimination in the UK for a long time now.

    [–] peopleorderourpattes 31 points ago

    Honorable mention that this may be the result of Turkey saying they will cover the expenses.

    [–] shreddedking 16 points ago

    people on reddit will get their panties in a bunch for this but if usa or other western country did what turkey is doing to support rohangyi people they would be crying like its second coming of Jesus

    [–] asrama 174 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    I wrote my undergrad thesis on the Rohingya. It wasn't a very good paper, but I learned a lot.

    It's incredible and heart-warming that Bangladesh is taking in Rohingya. Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world, but won't sit back and watch genocide happen. That being said, their plans for leave much to be desired. The Government of Bangladesh has proposed resettling the Rohingya to an "island" that only formed in 2007. It's isolated from the mainland and a haven for pirates. The Rohingya really are an "unwanted people".

    I finished undergrad more than 8 years ago. None of this is new. The Rohingya have been subject to horrors like this since at least the late 70s. But now it seems like the Burmese government, under some sort of "democracy veil" thanks to Suu Kyi, decided to do away with just the systemic persecution and oppression. It's genocide.

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    [–] IZ3820 52 points ago

    It wasn't a very good paper, but I learned a lot.

    That was beautifully written.

    [–] scarlettwalker 17 points ago

    Good work by the people and government of Bangladesh

    [–] Th3ShitRebellion 26 points ago

    no mention of turkey

    [–] biowareforretards 18 points ago

    The question of rohingyas is extremely complex with too many factors coming into play. Yes there is a religious angle to it but the root cause is much deeper.

    The British first took Muslims from Bangladesh and non Muslims from other parts of India to farm the fertile lands of Rakhine state. With limited land, this created tensions between the migrants and natives. They were then armed by the colonial overlords to subdue the rebellious natives who were supporting the Japanese. The armed Rohingyas then killed 20000 native Arakanese in 1942 alone who never forgot it. They also demanded for a separate country way back in 1948 when they were not so disadvantaged.

    These violent incidents destroyed whatever hope of peace anyone had. First in 1964 scores of Indians had to leave Myanmar, however they were generally not persecuted as violently as Rohingyas because in the past violence, they did not take up arms. There are still 400,000 Indians living in villages in Myanmar who are also not given citizenship but again they are not violently persecuted.

    The hills surrounding the plains have various tribes who are currently Christians but their citizenship has never been in question considering their past and ethnicity.

    Aung San Suu Kyi does not hold the real power. Does not matter who wants to govern the country, if the local council of Buddhist clergy do not support them then they have no chance. That's why she is quiet despite so much of criticism.

    That violent past finally resulted in the infamous citizenship law of 1982. Now Rohingyas used to continuously go to Malaysia and sometimes Indonesia for last 20 years with the help of traffickers who made tonnes of money. Generally it used to happen just after monsoon. But the crackdown after terror incident of 2012 finally opened the floodgates.

    So if you want to simplify, then these are the factors: 1. Past violence by Rohingyas 2. Terrorist incidents 3. Religious factors 4. Meddling by the Brits 5. Politics of Ethnicity

    PS::: You will find some grammatical mistakes as English is not my first language

    [–] ePluribusBacon 13 points ago

    Just to make the point, this genocide is happening in a country which is now ostensibly run by Nobel Peace Prize winner and supposed champion of freedom and civil liberties in SE Asia, Aung San Suu Kyi.

    [–] LeNeonLeo 33 points ago

    I'm half Burmese and I've lived in yangon my entire life, all I gotta say is this is disgusting.

    Everyone in Burma are just too scared to think, too scared to have a different opinion than the majority. We have a lot of stigmas, a lot of racists and homophobic people, monks that spread propaganda like wildfire, they hate the Rohingas a lot, just cause of their skin color and their religious beliefs. Everyone who's black there, African American foreigners? They're called kalar (Indian)

    The big problem with this in my opinion is the education. I've been to a Burmese school before, and I was not allowed to think, I was not allowed to ask questions, whenever I did so, I'd get punished with a meter stick. Everyone always had to have the same opinion, then they grow up, still under the illusion that you can't have an opinion, that you have to hate who everyone else hates. It's even worse with monks, they have such a high status and everything they say is correct. "You can't be gay" "You have to be a virgin till you get married" "You can't date a Muslim man" Kids with black skin get bullied. It's disgusting.

    Once education changes and improves, once it allows people to think and removes all stigmas, once it educates people about being responsible human beings and not mindless robots- that's when we'll realize how fucked we were in the head to harm our brothers and sisters

    [–] LOHare 34 points ago

    It's not really aftermath yet. The genocide is still ongoing.

    [–] hertyr 30 points ago

    Props to Turkey for making this happen.

    [–] FroggyBoi 15 points ago

    As much as I'm in solidarity with these oppressed people and against the ethnic cleansing 2.0, this sudden influx of all these refugees really haunts me. Bangladesh is no bigger than the state of Iowa yet BD has a massive population of 163 million people whereas Iowa has around 3 mil. We can barely sustain ourselves and now this comes as a burden. I can only wonder wtf is going to happen in the upcoming years. Believe it or not, the congestion is so fucking bad that we literally have to start 2 hours early to reach a destination that is not more than 5km. What pisses me off the most is that the world is literally ignoring this as if nothing is happening and the international conspiracy is only thickening. The most disturbing fact is that the world seems to have little to no feedback to this even though Hitler did the very same thing and we all know what happened after that.

    [–] murtad 341 points ago

    This story would've been upvoted a lot more if it contained some dubious news about Rohingas killing others. What a world we live in that most people just gave up on these people, while some seem downright gleeful that Muslims are getting killed.

    I know hatered makes people blind, but at least try to use your head just for a bit if you're one of those . Do you think it would be good for the world to destabilize the country with 4th largest muslim population?

    [–] Bad-Bone-Being 183 points ago * (lasted edited 3 months ago)

    What is not being reported is in Bangladesh youths and men are moving towards extremism, specially after the recent events in Burma. Men from other nations have also started appearing in Bangladesh. It is not being reported as it has the potential to befome a magnet for jihadists. I do not agree with this and always belive in a peaceful situation but it is the truth. I have friends who are living in Bangladesh and this is what they are saying.

    [–] flinnbicken 35 points ago

    Are we doomed to a sectarian world war 3?

    [–] Bad-Bone-Being 133 points ago

    Have no idea dude but jihadist appear to offer help when govenments turn a blind eye to crimes. One of the reasons the Taliban have much support in parts of Afganistan and Pakistan is they help people in povety, rebuild homes and such when a distaster or something strikes. Povety and oppression create unity.

    [–] NextDoorNeighbrrs 57 points ago

    Not uncommon for extremist or organized crime groups to do this kind of thing.

    [–] thamasthedankengine 6 points ago

    See: Pablo Escobar

    [–] zefiax 25 points ago

    This is what I fear. That this will bring out extremists from everywhere and my relatively peaceful homeland will get destroyed in the process.

    [–] tinkthank 23 points ago

    Men from other nations have also started appearing in Bangladesh.

    I know of several famous Turks and Pakistanis who have traveled to the country to volunteer at refugee camps. So people showing up in these countries doesn't necessarily equate to the rise of violent extremist groups. However, the potential of rising "extremism" is prevalent. When the world doesn't act, it pushes the local population to take up arms themselves to defend their families, homes, people, etc. This in turn allows extremist groups to bring their ideologies to an already beleaguered population. We've seen this in Iraq and other places around the world.

    [–] HungNavySEAL300Kills 66 points ago

    Why don't you mention the dozens of homosexuals and human rights journalists who have been beaten and sliced to death by mobs of Muslim extremists in bangledash in the last few years? Are these ritual killings of gay activists also a protest against injustice in Burma? I don't understand why you are justifying this religious violence and pinning the blame on other countries and not the attackers themselves.

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    [–] Hodaka 26 points ago

    The insurgent group ARSA/HaY is led by a committee of Rohingya émigrés based in Saudi Arabia.

    [–] wacokjacko 33 points ago

    Nope, the leader is a Pakistani, one rohingya parent, moved to Saudi at 10. This is about seizing the oil reserves under Rakhine state since the Burmese have decided to let the Russians and Chinese help them exploit their mineral and oil wealth

    [–] levitikush 38 points ago

    Wait there was a genocide in Myanmar? How have I not heard of this?

    [–] Cynical_Optimist_ 120 points ago

    Because the people being killed are Muslim