What drives the Rohingya to sea?

Published on 05 February 2009

[...] Northern Rakhine state is one of the poorest and most isolated in Burma. But the burdens imposed on the Rohingya [people] by Burma's military rulers make their situation a whole lot worse than other people living in the area. "Economic hardship and chronic poverty prevents many thousands of people in north Rakhine state from gaining food security," says Chris Kaye, the country director for the UN's World Food Programme who visited there two months ago. "Many do not have land rights or access to farmland to grow food, and the restrictions and limitations on the movement of people, goods and commodities places additional stress on people's livelihood opportunities."

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