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As we mark five years of targeted military violence against the Rohingya, executive director Jennifer Tierney reflects on the situation that these refugees face—and how we can do something to end the uncertainty they live in.

The Rohingya people are considered “stateless” under international law. But what does the term actually mean?

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) humanitarian affairs coordinator Gina Bark explains the concept of statelessness and what that means to an individual.


The Rohingya are a stateless ethnic group, most of whom are Muslim, who whose home is the majority-Buddhist Myanmar. 

They have lived for centuries side-by-side with the Buddhist community in Rakhine state but following repeated cycles of targeted violence since 1962 and continuous denial of their rights, nearly one million members of the Rohingya community now live in the world’s largest refugee camp across the border in Bangladesh. 


Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) spoke with five Rohingya people living in refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, to understand how they see their lives five years since being forcibly displaced from Myanmar.

Representing the ages five, 15, 25, 45 and 65, together they span three generations of Rohingya living in the camps.  They are all current or former patients of MSF.

15 Aug 2022

Agy Agy, 28, is a logistics supervisor with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique.

21 Jul 2022

Amro, Mohammad, Muawiyah and Mahmoud share an experience: they all underwent amputation after being badly wounded by the Israeli forces. They were either injured during the 2018-2019 demonstrations, known as The Great March of Return, or by an Israeli rocket in the May 2021 conflict.

They told their stories to photographer Giles Duley, himself an amputee following injuries sustained in conflict zones.

19 Jul 2022

In the aftermath of communal violence in Rakhine state, Myanmar that erupted in 2012, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have been forced to live in squalid, overcrowded camps in Rakhine state for the past 10 years. Movement restrictions mean they are denied access to healthcare services, livelihoods opportunities and education.

18 Jul 2022

Ongoing humanitarian efforts in Ukraine aren't being carried out alone—volunteer networks, non-profit organisations (NGOs), and civil society groups remain essential to ongoing work.

12 Jul 2022

A growing, yet largely ignored, malnutrition crisis is unfolding in northwest Nigeria, which threatens the lives of tens of thousands of children.

Since January, MSF teams, working in partnership with Nigerian health authorities in five northwestern states, have already treated more than 50,000 children with acute malnutrition, including 7,000 who required hospital care. MSF fears that the situation will soon become untenable without increased lifesaving humanitarian support.

07 Jul 2022

Our new report, Left to Drown in the Southern European Border: One year of Geo Barents at sea, details testimonies and medical data from our first year of search and rescue activities on the Geo Barents.