We are wandering animals. 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, 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.
What happens, however, when large numbers of people are forced from those homelands, for months, years, and even decades? When this happens, we call it a refugee crisis. Right now around the world, there are several major refugee crises. Today we’ll look at one in Asia: The Rohingya people in Myanmar.
Here’s our lead-off story for this unit: Japan footballer Hasebe visits Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh
Find out more about the Rohingya people and their situation. Select the article level that suits you best and answer the questions below:
- Which article did you read?
- What was the topic of the article?
- What details did the article give?
- Had you heard about the Rohingya people before?
- What do you think about what you read?
- What do you think can be done about this problem?