Deafening silence over Rohingya issue
Despite the atrocities being committed against the Muslims of Arakan, better known as Rohingyas, the international community has so far done nothing to protect these people. The world appears to be sitting on the fence, as these people are being systematically persecuted.
This minority Muslim community in Myanmar — termed the most persecuted people living on the face of earth — has been turned into refugees in their own country. The Rohingyas are a people with no civil rights and from time to time subjected to indiscriminate violence. The world became slightly acquainted with these people following the violent attacks and acts of arson of 2012.
Press Release: STOP KILLING ROHINGYA AND ROHINGYA ETHNOCIDE
October 25, 2014
Arakan Rohingya National Organisation strongly condemns the unlawful arrest, murder and criminal atrocities committed against the Rohingya people by the border security forces in Maungdaw township of Arakan/Rakhine State, Burma/Myanmar under the pretext of association with Rohingya Solidarity Organisation (RSO).
Since June 2012, President Thein Sein has created so-called communal violence in Arakan where many thousands of innocent, helpless and defenceless Rohingya were killed, thousands of their homes and villages with mosques and madrassas were burned down or destroyed and their properties and valuables worth millions of dollars were looted while forcing them to live in displacement camps in segregation and apartheid-like situation away from their homes and properties thereby creating an impossible situation for their living in their won homeland.
Rohingya Visual Storytelling Workshop
A book of haunting, humbling and awe-inspiring “visual stories” painted about – and by – refugee youth from Burma.
The huddled boy (enlarged 800%) in Forced to Flee's book cover, above, was painted by a 16-year-old refugee who fled eastern Burma when the Burma Army attacked his village. I discovered it on the reverse of Saw Yar Zar’s actual visual story. When I asked why he had “signed” his painting this way, Saw Yar Zar’s eyes glazed over. While his village was riddled with gunfire he darted into the jungle, screams piercing the distance. Muffling his breath, he huddled in a patch of tall grass. Words whispered by his deceased father during a prior escape played in his mind like a mantra: “Only travel at night.” Hours later, engulfed by darkness and an eerie silence, Saw Yar Zar parted the grass and headed for the Thai-Burma border, in search of refuge…
President Obama, say “Rohingya”
The Rohingya Muslim ethnic minority in Burma have been called “the most oppressed people on Earth”. They continue to suffer vicious attacks and systematic abuse by Burma’s government. Fleeing violence, over 140,000 Rohingya live in what many describe as “concentration camps.”
Denied use of their name in the recent census, Burma’s government now wants to fully erase their existence, asking the United States, the United Nations and the rest of the world not to even use the word Rohingya.
In just a few short weeks, President Obama is going to Burma for a meeting with regional leaders. It is critical for the existence of the Rohingya for him to say their name and demand their protection during his visit.
Sign the petition below and urge President Obama to say “Rohingya” and then show him how easy it is to #JustSayTheirName.
Stateless: The Plight of the Rohingyas in Burma
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