Understanding the Rohingya crisis

'A Matter of Facts' from the University of Minnesota Libraries

Map of Rohingya people in Rakhine State. This file is made available under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication.

By Susan Gangl

In less than two months, 500,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar and crossed into Bangladesh to escape persecution. The United Nations has called it the world’s fastest developing refugee crisis, and relief agencies are finding it difficult to meet the need for food, water, shelter, and medical care.

The Rohingya have lived for centuries in the majority Buddhist Myanmar and about 1.1 million Rohingya currently live in the Southeast Asian country, in which they have been denied citizenship since 1982.

How and why are they being persecuted? Why aren’t they recognized? What can be done to alleviate this crisis?

This post is intended to provide information on recent news, current research, and reliable information to help you better understand and think critically about these issues.

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The following librarians can provide you assistance in seeking additional source material on this subject:

  • Susan Gangl, Librarian, Arts & Humanities
  • Alicia Kubas, Government Publications and Regional Depository Librarian
  • Nancy Herther, Librarian for Sociology, Anthropology, American Indian Studies, American Studies, Asian American Studies & Disability Studies
  • David Faust, Librarian for South Asia and Middle East Studies.


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