Who are the Rohingya People?
The Rohingya people are an ethnic group, who are considered by the United Nations to be "the most persecuted minority in the world.” The Rohingya people are from Myanmar, formally known as Burma. They mostly hail from Myanmar's west coast. The Rohingya people are mostly Muslim, but Myanmar is a majority-Buddhist country. The country of Myanmar does not accept the Rohingya people as an ethnic group or as citizens; therefore, the Rohingya people are non-citizens, stateless, and without rights in their home country. This has led to conflict and to a mass migration of the Rohingya people as they flee their home as refugees. While many Rohingya are still waiting for resettlement, some Rohingya have been resettled here in Phoenix. Due to the language and cultural barriers, the Rohingya people do not always find access to the support they need to fully integrate. Therefore, The Welcome to America Project and Phantom Cyclist wanted to create a bike distribution event to support this already challenged community.(Source: National Geographic)