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Genocide in Rakhine

A plead for mercy by an entire race

There seems to be no end in sight for the ongoing genocide in Myanmar. The Rohingya people have been struggling to make ends meet. The onslaught by the Burmese military is relentless and brutal. Murder and rape of women and children are rampant whereas men have been battered to death.

All of this is happening in spite the presence of Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi. One questions the relevance of the prize, given the scenario that exists today. Could it be that the fight and plight for peace is only until a person receives the award? What happens after receiving the prize is anybody’s guess.

Despite the stature she once held, Aung San Suu Kyi has failed to uphold both humanity and peace in the case of the Rohingya people. Apart from that she even declined to meet the Malaysian Foreign Minister Dato’ Sri Anifah Aman. When contacted, she replied “If you (Anifah) want to see me on bilateral issues yes, but I’m not willing to see you if you want to discuss the Rohingya issue”.

Insinuating, that the on going massacre is an internal issue and should not a concern for others. Raising questions on her role as a model of peace. As though there is no concern regarding the situation in her backyard.

Perhaps the strive for humanity is limited to a select few. The rest who are being crumpled have no place to run. Bangladesh seems to return refugees that head towards their borders. The fate that awaits these returnees is fair game.

Ashin Wirathu, a Buddhist monk, spreads Islamophobia through his preachings. This propagates hatred of Muslims in general and exacerbates the savagery in Rakhine State. Nevertheless not many Buddhist organisations have came forth to denounce these actions. On the other hand, Muslims are quick to condemn extremism in the name of Islam.

In today’s world, expecting humans to be humane is a privilege and not a right.