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The pontiff defended his silence while in Myanmar on the humanitarian crisis, saying he spoke privately to the nation’s leaders about the issue.
A Rohingya refugee gestures as people who crossed the Naf River with an improvised raft are temporarily detained by Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) at Sabrang near Teknaf, Bangladesh November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain
Rohingyas have endured decades of systematic discrimination by successive governments in Rakhine State.
More than a million members of Myanmar’s Rohingya community face government persecution including eviction, torture and rape.