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The Rohingya crisis defies easy summary. Terms such as ethnic cleansing, genocide, abuse of human rights, have all been applied to what is undoubtedly a major humanitarian crisis of our times. Understanding and responding to the plight of hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas requires a multi-disciplinary approach, with the need for engagement from a wide variety of perspectives. Legal and medical questions, issues around cultural contexts and the physical environment, psychological and social factors, religious and political considerations, are all highly relevant. There is no simple solution to a whole complex of interconnected issues: here, as in so many other cases, the eruption and tragic human consequences of collective violence raise innumerable challenges. It is all the more urgent that we can bring people together to engage in the kind of informed debate that can assist intelligent action. We are delighted that such a distinguished and broad range of scholars and practitioners have contributed their insights in this booklet of abstracts, and that some of them will be able to contribute further in person at the conference held at UCL on 4- 5 July 2019. We welcome participation in what we hope will be a productive set of encounters, seeking both to understand and, through enhanced understanding, to inform more effective responses to this still unfolding crisis.
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