Early history[ edit ] The Rohingya population is concentrated in the historical region of Arakan , an old coastal country of Southeast Asia. It is not clear who the original settlers of Arakan were. By the 4th century, Arakan became one of the earliest Indianized kingdoms in Southeast Asia. The first Arakanese state flourished in Dhanyawadi. Power then shifted to the city of Waithali. Sanskrit inscriptions in the region indicate that the founders of the first Arakanese states were Indian.
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The evolution of giant tortoise might not be linked to islands, as had been previously thought. In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers present the most comprehensive family tree of extinct and extant tortoises so far. Analyzing genetic and osteological data from living species and fossil tortoise they rewrite the evolution of tortoise: Giant size evolved on multiple occasions on the mainland. Some species evolved large body sizes with a shell length exceeding 1 metre whereas others are no larger than centimetres. Despite a particular interest from naturalists ever since the times of Darwin, the evolution of gigantism in tortoises remains enigmatic. An example of insular dwarfism is the Florida key deer, a dwarf version of the mainland white-tailed deer; its small size may be an adaptation to the limited resources found on the islands.
Favorite This Photo Essay While working in Myanmar over the last few years, I followed the news stories about forced labor and illegal human trafficking of Burmese workers. In , I began to pursue this story myself. I visited the brother-in-law of a Burmese friend who was forced to work for ten years in fishing boats off the coast of Thailand. I learned that he had originally traveled hundreds of miles from his home to eastern Myanmar after being promised good pay to clear fields for palm oil plantations—but the conditions were terrible and he was never paid the promised wages. With no savings and few options, he took a job with a recruiter promising good jobs in Thailand.
Almost all Burmese are Buddhist. The temples are gorgeous and are almost only infrastructure of value. It is considered a 3rd world country undergoing development and foreign aid.