Why is the world not outraged at the treatment of the Rohingya People?
Watching Al-Jazeera this morning there was yet another programme highlighting the treatment of the Rohingya people and this seems to be week in and week out and nothing is being done. It is truly shocking.
Especially when you see it is occurring in Myanmar and where Aung San Suu Kyi a Nobel prize winner for peace is actually a senior minister. You could not make this up. She gets a Nobel prize and then promptly ignores the massacre and displacement of over a million people. It seems that they give out the peace prize to any old despot these days.
Why is the world not in outrage? Why is there no offer of help? We can certainly help….after all is that not what we are about? To offering a helping hand to those who need it the most.
Taken from the Guardian in 2017
Who are the Rohingya?
Described as the world’s most persecuted people, 1.1 million Rohingya people live in Myanmar. They live predominately in Rakhine state, where they have co-existed uneasily alongside Buddhists for decades.
Rohingya people say they are descendants of Muslims, perhaps Persian and Arab traders, who came to Myanmar generations ago. Unlike the Buddhist community, they speak a language similar to the Bengali dialect of Chittagong in Bangladesh.
The Rohingya are reviled by many in Myanmar as illegal immigrants and they suffer from systematic discrimination. The Myanmar government treats them as stateless people, denying them citizenship. Stringent restrictions have been placed on Rohingya people’s freedom of movement, access to medical assistance, education, and other basic services.
What has been happening to them?
Violence broke out in northern Rakhine state on 25 August, when militants attacked government forces. In response, security forces supported by Buddhist militia launched a “clearance operation” that has killed at least 1,000 people and forced more than 300,000 to flee their homes. The UN’s top human rights official said on 11 September that the military’s response was “clearly disproportionate” to insurgent attacks and warned that Myanmar’s treatment of its Rohingya minority appears to be a “textbook example” of ethnic cleansing.
Refugees have spoken of massacres in villages, where they say soldiers raided and burned their homes. The government claims the Rohingya have burned their own homes and killed Buddhists and Hindus, a claim repeated by some residents. It says that the military is targeting terrorists, including the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa), the group that claimed responsibility for the August attacks.
Satellite analysis by Human Rights Watch has shown evidence of fire damage in urban areas populated by Rohingyas, as well as in isolated villages.
How many have been killed, injured, or forced to flee?
Estimates of the death toll vary: the Myanmar government claims about 400 people have been killed so far, though others say the number is much higher. The UN estimated on 7 September that 1,000 had been killed. Bangladesh’s foreign minister, AH Mahmood Ali, said unofficial sources put the death toll at about 3,000. More than 310,000 people had fled to Bangladesh by 11 September. Those who have made it to the border have walked for days, hiding in jungles, and crossing mountains and rivers. Many are sick and some have bullet wounds.
Aid agencies have warned of a growing humanitarian crisis in overstretched border camps, where water, food rations and medical supplies are running out of stock. Most refugees are now living in established camps, makeshift settlements or sheltering in host communities. Nearly 50,000 are in new spontaneous settlements that have sprung up along the border, where access to services is especially limited.
There are also fears for Rohingya people trapped in conflict zones. On 4 September, the UN said its aid agencies had been blocked from supplying life-saving supplies such as food, water, and medicine to thousands of civilians in northern Rakhine state, and that is thanks to the Nobel Prize winner…..its ridiculous. She is as bad as the monsters she stood up to for so long. Guess selling out your principles for a government post is worth it to her!
Todate there has been 43,000 people missing or presumed dead and it seems the world has ignored this. Now bear in mind this was first reported widely in 2015 and it is still happening today? Has the world gone blind to the suffering of people so desperately in need of its help? This evil is allowed to happen because people are saying nothing….is it really out of sight and out of mind?
Their plight should shame us all and it certainly is not having any effect on the Nobel prize winner…..so why has she not been stripped off it? It makes a mockery of everything that stands for….mind you they gave it to Barak Obama only 9 months into his Presidency and he bombed people every day of his tenure.
Is the world going truly ignore the plight of people who have never wanted anything more than just a place to call their own….everyone has that right, but as usual nothing will be done.
Oh, there will be the political generated outrage but nothing else and we are the sum of those we fail to help and that makes us inhuman. Can we not offer help? Would it be so difficult to explain to people that these are real human beings in need, and that to turn our backs on them would result in further massacres?
I will no doubt sit and watch Al-Jazeera next week and see another programme on innocent people being murdered because they are Muslim and that is shocking. Everyone has a right to their faith and to be able to practice their faith in what ever way they wish as long as it does not impede on others is freedom.
It really is shameful that very little is being done and instead the world governments seem to be on a wait and see game….and that will cost lives of those who have nothing to start with. Is that really what we want children to grow up and see? That those in the wealthy nations stood by and did nothing?
It is shameful….it really is.