By Leo Hohmann. This is pack journalism at its best, a virtual media blitz on a topic few Americans know anything about in a land faraway . . .
So what is it that has CNN, Reuters, PBS, the Associated Press, and Politico all racing to Burma to cover?
They can’t wait to tell the heart-wrenching stories of Burma’s persecuted Rohingya Muslims . . .
The media onslaught, which critics say only tells half the story, has now caught the attention of the Trump administration.
Vice President Mike Pence used a high-level United Nations Security Council meeting Thursday to plead the case for the Rohingya, calling on the world body to do more to help the poor, beleaguered Muslims. (Read more from “Will Trump Open U.S. Doors to Another Country’s Muslims?” HERE)
Rohingya Refugees to Receive $32 Million From U.S.
By John Haltiwanger. The U.S. government will provide $32 million in aid to help the hundreds of thousands Rohingya refugees who’ve fled Myanmar since late August, the State Department said Wednesday.
The aid includes “emergency shelter, food security, nutritional assistance, health assistance, psychosocial support, water, sanitation and hygiene, livelihoods, social inclusion, non-food items, disaster and crisis risk reduction, restoring family links” for more than 400,000 Rohingya who have fled to Bangladesh or been displaced within Myanmar, the State Department said in a statement.
The help from the Trump administration came as a surprise because the president did not refer to the Rohingya in his United Nations remarks on Tuesday, nor in a brief chat with Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday. (Read more from “Rohingya Refugees to Receive $32 Million From U.S.” HERE)