‘Exiled’ unveils the story of the campaign to erase the Rohingya people and explains the roots and historical context of the violence they have suffered.
Myanmar has a culture shaped by Buddhism, with a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, as its de facto head of government. Yet one ethnic and religious minority has been subject to a state-organised campaign of violence. The genocide against the Rohingya started as early as 1978. The mass exodus of refugees to Bangladesh in 2017 was just the last straw in a decades-long campaign.
Over the decades, villages have been burned to the ground, men and women raped, and over two million driven from the country to live as refugees in miserable conditions. The story is told be eyewitnesses, including Rohingya, as well as former Burmese government officials and radical Buddhist monks who make plain their view that the Rohingya people, as Muslims and “foreigners,” have no place in their country.