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February 25, 2009
A Forgotten People
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They are one of the world's most persecuted people. According to the United Nations, the Rohingya have been oppressed for centuries, living in one of the poorest and most remote regions of Myanmar or Burma. They have been fighting an endless battle to be recognized as a distinct ethnic group and even struggling to gain basic citizenship for decades, despite living there for centuries. Facing everything from land confiscation, to rape, forced labor and murder, the Rohingya have sought safe havens abroad. Now, CNN's Dan Rivers tracks their story from the islands of Southern Thailand, where new harsh allegations of abuse have surfaced, to parts of Indonesia. Rivers uncovers exclusive photos showing these boat refugees being cut adrift, far out at sea. He speaks to the refugees themselves, hearing their stories of abuse and neglect. And he talks to shocked tourists who witnessed and photographed hundreds of Rohingya being detained and abused on a popular beach in the Similan Islands. He hears the concerns of the UNHCR and the response from the Thai authorities, as this scandal continues to dominate the government of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.
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