As more than 800,000 Rohingya have now fled Myanmar for Bangladesh, a large-scale humanitarian crisis has unfolded. But what is the most productive way Australia can help?
Interviews undertaken in refugee camps on the Bangladesh/Myanmar border paint a grim picture that explains why so many Rohingya fled Myanmar so quickly.
All the signs were there when I was living in Myanmar at the rosiest moment in the transition to democracy.
A preoccupied US combined with India, China and Russia protecting their own interests created the perfect conditions for Myanmar to settle its Rohingya issue
The persecution of the Rohingya goes back to 1948, the year when Myanmar achieved independence from the British.