Look See

Today (2 January 2017) footage appeared online of policemen violently beating Muslims in Rakhine State after having been closed to the outside world for quite a while, claiming in the past that there was no proof of any mistreatment of the Rohingya Muslim minority.

Shwe Yee Saw Myint has reported that ‘Nobel Peace Prize winner Suu Kyi has done little to help members of the Muslim minority, who are denied citizenship in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar’. I may add that her position in the country is considered on very thin ice anyway and looking at the big picture she should play her cards very prudently if she is ever to be able to help the people and country along in the long term of events going forward.

Who are the most persecuted people in the world today, some will say the Rohingya viewed as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, some 1.1 million of them in Myanmar. The Rohingya are Muslim Indo-Aryan indigenous to Rakhine State living in Myanmar that migrated there from Bengal during British rule of the then Burma, and some after the Burmese independence in 1948 and the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971, being only four percent of the population in a Buddhist state of the sixty-eight percent Burmese, along with six other single digit minorities little wonder the country is ripe for some sort ethnic persecution, which has sparked bloodshed and a Islamist inspired insurgency as a form of defense mechanism. As of Monday 21 November 2016, 86 people have been killed and over 30,000 displaced, these numbers cannot be confirmed since the Myanmar army has declared parts of northern Rakhine an ‘operations zone’ where no international organizations can enter to confirm or deny any claims. The United Nations refugee agency has called upon the Myanmar government to provide access to distribute aid, if they cannot get aid where they are they will be forced to cross into Bangladesh seeking some sort of relief. Now, feel free to add South-East Asia to the flux of international refugees fleeing war and hardship rooted in the description of ethnic and religious discrimination…

When asked why do you flee? ‘Whatever the future holds it cannot be as bad as the past’, is the standard reply…


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