The Rohingya people are a Muslim ethnic minority of Burma and are one of the most persecuted and at the same time one of the largest stateless groups in the world. Stripped of their citizenship by the Burmese government in 1982 are forced to flee to southern Bangladesh because of ethnic violence between them and the Buddhist in the Rakhine State of south west Burma. Over one million Rohingya live in exile. They are the only ethnic group in Burma restricted in marriage, travelling beyond their village or building or maintaining religious structures.
About 29,000 Rohingya live in official refugee camps in Bangladesh, where they are assisted by UNHCR and NGOs, and are not legally permitted to work or go outside the camps. Another 200,000 Rohingya refugees reside in unofficial camps or Bangladeshi villages where there is no legal protection from arrest or abuse and little to no humanitarian assistance.