"Through Isaac’s story I’ll look at the role played by African soldiers in Burma during the Second World War. They numbered 100,000 and they took part in some of the fiercest fighting of the Arakan Campaign, but they have been largely forgotten. I’ll also discuss how the Muslim (Rohingya) population supported the British, whilst the Buddhist population tended to support the Japanese. I will argue that it’s impossible to understand the problems in Rakhine State today without an appreciation of what happened there during the early 1940s.I studied history at Oxford and reported from Africa for the BBC for 15 years. I’m now a Senior Correspondent for Al Jazeera English TV."