Another week and I see yet again that the world is doing nothing to help the Rohingya people. Have we really become so blind as to their plight?

When the explosion happened in Lebanon quite rightly the world said they will help in both expertise and money, yet the displacement, harassment, rape and murder of the Rohingya people has produced nothing.

Rohingya refugees fleeing to Bangladesh
Rohingyas fleeing

In August 2017, a crackdown by the Myanmar’s Army resulted in Rohingya Muslims fleeing across the border in to Bangladesh. The crackdown resulted in the deaths of hundreds and the displacement of an entire population.

We see today migrants passing through a safe Europe with the guarantee of help, yet these poor people have risked everything to escape the deadly attack by the Myanmar’s, in what was described by the United Nations themselves as “ethnic cleansing”. Yet there seems to be so few people waiting and willing to help them, and they are the ones who need it the most.

In January 2020, the UN’s top court ordered the Buddhist-majority country to take measures to protect members of its Rohingya community from genocide. The army in Myanmar (formerly Burma) has said it was fighting Rohingya militants and denies targeting civilians. The country’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi, once a human rights icon, has repeatedly denied allegations of genocide, and todate she has not been stripped of her Nobel Peace Prize despite the charge of allowing ethnic cleansing to be attached to not only the Burmese Government, but her also.

Who are the Rohingya?

Rohingya refugees study the Koran in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh
They are persecuted for simply being Muslims.

The Rohingya, who numbered around one million in Myanmar at the start of 2017, are one of the many ethnic minorities in the country. Rohingya Muslims represent the largest percentage of Muslims in Myanmar, with the majority living in Rakhine state. They have their own language and culture and say they are descendants of Arab traders and other groups who have been in the region for generations.

In 2014 the Myanmar Government whipped up anti Muslim hate aimed at the Rohingya and they denied them the right to vote and stripped them of their citizenship. Thereby in effect leaving them stateless and discriminated against by a Government who even refused to recognise them as people…..

This in itself is a worrying development as did the Nazis not see the Jewish people as “Untermensch”. A term derived for non people and ones who are seen as inferior? This is exactly what the Myanmar Government thought of the Rohingya and allowed the mass persecution to gain pace.

The people fled into Bangladesh and their persecution has never stopped. They have been abused, murdered and the women and female children raped and yet the world is doing nothing to prevent this.

A Rohingya refugee cries as he climbs on a truck distributing aid for a local NGO near the Balukali refugee camp

Satellite images shows Rohingya village destroyed by fire
May showing Rohingya villages destroyed in August and September 2017

There are still some 500,000 Rohingyas in Burma and they are at risk of ethnic cleansing and all it seems is that there is a strongly worded letter from the UN. Why has the UN not put boots on the ground to protect these poor people….persecuted because they happen to be of Muslim faith.

A report published by UN investigators in August 2018 accused Myanmar’s military of carrying out mass killings and rapes with “genocidal intent”. The International Court of Justice case, lodged by the small Muslim-majority nation of The Gambia, in West Africa, on behalf of dozens of other Muslim countries, called for emergency measures to be taken against the Myanmar military, known as Tatmadaw, until a fuller investigation could be launched.

Aung San Suu Kyi rejected allegations of genocide when she appeared at the court in December 2019, and she still has kept her Nobel Peace Prize…how much of a slap in the face do the Rohingya people need?

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Aung San Su Chi

The International Court of Justice has demanded that Myanmar take action to protect the Rohingya from persecution but todate nothing has happened and the mass killings, displacement, rapes and murders continue. The Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh and this is the definintion of ethnic cleansing because they are fleeing. There surely can be only so many places they can flee to before they are forced back because it seems no one is really taking responsibility for them.

Map showing Rohingya refugee settlements in Bangladesh as of January 2020

As of 2019 Bangladesh has announced that they will no longer allow any more Rohingyas into their country and this will leave them with no choice but to remain. This will put their lives in danger and quite possibly we will see the eradication of people who have committed no crime and whose only wish is to be left alone to with their religion.

Unless the world does something and the Governments punish Myanmar and force them to protect these endangered people or send in a Peacekeeping army, then sadly all the Governments who respect the International Court of Justice will be responsible for doing nothing but standing by and watching mass murder.

It is time for a change before we see another people pushed to the brink.