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Article: “Boat people to be sent back to Myanmar and uncertain fate”
Website link: http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/02/26/rohingya.update/index.html#cnnSTCText Basically this article is about the ongoing internal conflict in Burma that has existed since approximately April 1948 between the Burmese government and the various ethnic groups in the country. More recently, the conflict has been against the military regime that has ruled the country since 1962. The conflict is the oldest ongoing wars in the world, and has received international attention as a result of the uprising in 1988, anti-government protests in late 2007, and the tragic devastation of Cyclone Nargis that claimed left over 80,000 dead and 50,000 missing in mid-2008.

According to the article thousands of members of the Rohingya located in Myanmar are leaving their homelands because of fear of persecution and most countries, from Saudi Arabia to Malaysia, see them as little more than a source of cheap labor for the dirtiest and most dangerous jobs. But even those who make to Malaysia then struggle find good jobs and quickly discover that, there too, intolerance is growing. Many of the Rohingya people who in Malaysia live in cramped, rundown apartments in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, and face the constant threat of deportation. If caught, the migrants can be caned and imprisoned for up to five years. It’s devastating to hear another similar case like Rwanda to be happening in this world again. Thailand should be letting these people enter their country and treat them like any other citizens, because if there was an situation where civil war was occurring in Thailand, the government would sure love to see other countries stepping up and allowing their people to enter nearby countries for safety reasons. Its situations like this that makes me appreciate the country I live in today were we…...

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