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"We Rohingya get kicked around like a football"

Tens of thousands of Rohingya, a Muslim minority fleeing ethnic persecution in Myanmar, are adrift in boats in the Bay of Bengal, desperate to find shelter on land.

Thailand and Malaysia have refused to let most of them ashore. The United Nations said last week the outflow would continue unless Myanmar ended discrimination. Displaced Rohingya can be found in many parts of Asia. Myanmar passed a law in 1982 which denied the Rohingya citizenship. They are stateless – not recognized as nationals of any country.

This video, first published in September 2014, describes how Kohinoor – a Muslim Rohingya - fled her home in Myanmar two and a half years ago after a wave of ethnic violence. She hoped for a chance to rebuild her life in a new country. But in India she has found destitution and discrimination. Kohinoor now lives with a small Rohingya community on a patch of wasteland in Delhi. In this film she talks about their daily struggle to survive and their dream for a permanent place to call home. There are an estimated 10 million stateless people worldwide.


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