The ‘Splainer: Who are the Rohingya and why are they fleeing Myanmar?

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A Rohingya migrant woman, who arrived in Indonesia by boat, looks from a window of a shelter inside a temporary compound for refugees in Kuala Cangkoi village in Lhoksukon, Indonesia's Aceh Province, on May 17, 2015. The United Nations has called on countries around the Andaman Sea not to push back the thousands of desperate Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar now stranded in rickety boats, and to rescue them instead. Photo courtesy of  REUTERS/Beawiharta
*Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-ROHINGYA-SPLAINER, originally transmitted on May 19, 2015.

A Rohingya migrant woman, who arrived in Indonesia by boat, looks from a window of a shelter inside a temporary compound for refugees in Kuala Cangkoi village in Lhoksukon, Indonesia's Aceh Province, on May 17, 2015. The United Nations has called on countries around the Andaman Sea not to push back the thousands of desperate Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar now stranded in rickety boats, and to rescue them instead. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Beawiharta *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-ROHINGYA-SPLAINER, originally transmitted on May 19, 2015.

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(RNS) Thousands of Rohingya have left Myanmar this spring and at least hundreds are now stranded at sea. Who are these Rohingya and what are they running from? Let us 'splain ...