Myanmar is India’s neighbor. Myanmar is also known as Burma. The two countries share a border. On Tuesday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Myanmar for an official three-day visit. He met with Burmese leaders there and talked about important issues.
Modi’s visit began with a welcome ceremony and a meeting with Myanmar’s president, Htin Kyaw in the capital city, Naypyidaw. Modi took time out to see some famous landmarks, including the historical Ananda Temple in Bagan, Myanmar.
On Wednesday, he spoke to Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s state counselor (prime minister). The two leaders discussed ways to improve security and their trading relationship. They discussed two ambitious projects. One is a highway that will connect India with Thailand via Myanmar and the second is a direct sea link between an India and Myanmar.
Modi and Suu Kyi also talked about violence from the military in Myanmar. The military action is toward a group of people known as the Rohingyas. The Rohingyas are Muslims who mostly live on the western coast in an area called the Rakhine State. They are probably descendents of Persian or Arab traders that came to Myanmar generations ago.
Myanmar’s government says the Rohingyas are not citizens but illegal immigrants. The Rohingyas are denied access to medical assistance, education and other basic services. They are living in very poor conditions.
According to the United Nations(U.N.), more than 123,000 Rohingyas have fled in the last two weeks after the violence increased. They have walked for days, hiding in jungles and walking over mountains and rivers to other countries, such as Bangladesh and India. Some have left behind their belongings and property to reach safety. Now, many Rohingyas are flooding poor refugee camps in Bangladesh and India. The world is worried about military action against the Rohingyas and their poor plight.