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This is all things considered from NPR news. I'm Elsa Chang and I'm Ari Shapiro. We're going to look now at what the military coup in Myanmar means for Rohingya people. They are persecuted ethnic and religious minority of violent military campaign a few years ago forced hundreds of thousands of them out of their homes and into Bangladesh, and the coup has made their already desperate situation even worse. We're joined now by rowing. A human rights activist Wei Wei knew who is currently in the U. S. Welcome to all things considered. Thank you for having me tell us what you're hearing from Rohingya people in Myanmar Right now. Some of their range of people in Yemen and refugees in Bangladesh are terrified to see the military who committed genocide against people come back with full power. It's been very frustrating and terrifying for them. And yet is their hope, because so many people are marching in the streets against the military. Is there a sense that the people of Myanmar might support this cause? So yes, there's so many people, many of our colleagues and friends, a civil society leaders, activists are joining the protest. However, it doesn't necessarily mean we're building solidarity for the ro hinge A or the root causes will be addressed immediately because we have to mind. That there are so much more than the military coup or the fight between the military leadership and then dorm some sushi leadership. There are many other fundamental problems that we are facing. As a country, which includes the deep ethnic divisions and prejudice against the minority ethnic groups. The coup is just one deep problem off the country. Tell us what specifically, you would like to see from the international community. Given the difficult situation that Rohingya people are in right now, in this difficult time, we don't want to just talk about religion jah and then when you have to look at the situation and a more comprehensive way, this very same military were not held accountable for their crimes of genocide or even war crimes against other ethnic communities, even before 2010 political transition, So all of this impunity that they have Enjoy and embolden them to carry out the cool. So the question Now is, is the world going to allow this genocide suspect to rule the country again? So tell us what specifically, you would like to see from the international community is a diplomacy. Is it sanctions? Is it something else? As activists and human rights defenders? We are calling for immediate response from the international community that include Cooperate if international sanctions against the military leaders and members off the families as well as the business is divided Administration has actually imposed the sanctions on their military leaders and their family members as well as some off the businesses. But it should extend to the major military own companies and also we are calling for other diplomatic and political pressures. Including the U. N Security Council to send a monitoring and mediations body to Myanmar so that there is a negotiation process happen If the military is able to retain power. Do you fear that there will be a second wave of Rohingya? Leaving me and Mar is very likely to happen? Because Military need to scapegoat someone so that they can read and write the people attention towards other the other another enemy off the state, So you know they need to create another enemy off the state. And, um We are very concerned that it can happen again. How can we guarantee you know this military who committed such growth? International crimes? How can we guarantee our non recurrence off such crime? While the same people are going to rule the country throwing a human rights activist? Way? Way New. Thank you for talking with us. Thank you. As the pandemic continues to pummel the nation's economy, There are troubling signs that more people are slipping into homelessness. NPR's Adrian Florido visited Park in Los Angeles, where this is becoming more visible every day. Echo Park is one of Ella's iconic public spaces. It has a big lake lined by palm trees and a postcard view of the downtown skyline. It's always had a small homeless community. But in the last few months, people sleeping in tents have filled half of the park's 16 acres. Jesse Brandy moved in four months ago after losing his job programming office phone systems. Everything's closed. Businesses aren't putting any effort into you know, telephone lines in programming those systems Of work. He couldn't afford the rent. So that left me with friends.