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Rohingyas in India on Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention

Rohingyas in India on Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention

Rohingya refugees in New Delhi’s Kalindi Kunj may be having a moment of schadenfreude as the Burmese politician, Aung San Suu Kyi, is jailed soon after her party National League for Democracy won elections this February. Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest after the Myanmar Army carried out a coup after her win with an impressive majority. Her public image was tarnished by accusations of failing to stop the crackdown of the military against the mostly Muslim Rohingya minority in 2016-17. The ongoing coup further diminished the little hope the Rohingya escapees–18,000 in Delhi alone–had of ever returning to their former homes in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. They believe the military could never treat them fairly, while also feeling betrayed by The Lady, as Suu Kyi is sometimes called. They worry about kin left behind who they hope will one day escape to join them in the capital’s sprawling camps, which are not much, but at the very least, here, they need not fear for their lives. As a resident at the Delhi camp said: “Jaan hai to Jahan hai (To be alive is to have the world).”

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