The Rohingya Refugees

Our ancestors started walking out of East Africa some 50,000 years ago (most likely due to changing climate and a rising population). By about 15,000 years ago, homo sapiens, (people like us), had spread all over the planet all the way down to the tip of what is now South America. Except for Antarctica, human groups have established traditional homelands everywhere.

Sometimes however, something terrible happens and large numbers of people are forced from those homelands, for months, years, and even decades. When this happens, people become “refugees.” Right now around the world, there are several major refugee crises. Let’s watch this short documentary and get a look at the general situation.

Today we’ll focus on one refugee crisis in Asia: The Rohingya people in Myanmar.

200,000 child refugees have fled Myanmar and are now in urgent need of help, Unicef has warned.

Here’s our lead-off story for this unit: Japan footballer Hasebe visits Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh

Question: Imagine that you became a refugee. What would you do? Do you think it is impossible that you could ever become a refugee? Why or why not?