The Plight of the Rohingya

People protesting the horrific actions on Rohingyan refugees.

People protesting the horrific actions on Rohingyan refugees.

People protesting the horrific actions on Rohingyan refugees.

Ian Provance Young, Contributer

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The Rohingya have always been a people plagued by hardship, but now for the first time are they experiencing a full-on catastrophe.

This largely based Muslim community had resided in Myanmar for the past few decades, but with the installment of Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the ethnic tensions have risen to boiling point within the past few months sparking a conflict resulting in the mass flight and evacuation of over 900,000 Rohingya Muslims to Bangladesh.

Many remain in unsanitary refugee camps and lack food. The United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights  Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein stated that the Rohingya will either face inhumane living conditions or the threat of  “wide spread extrajudicial killings, rape and other atrocities” being committed by the Myanmar armed forces. There are many questions as to why it has taken so long for this crisis to reach international attention.

Rohingyan Muslims look on in despair, not knowing whether they will live to see the next day.

I believe however that it has reached the attention of the international community, but that instead of replying to the plea of the Rohingya we have just ignored them.

The United Nations, which was founded on the principles of helping people who have no voice and cannot help themselves, has done almost nothing to help. The fact that soldiers under the self-appointed leader Aung San Suu Kyi can storm into villages and rape and kill with no backlash should create great skepticism on the true nature and role of the United Nations.

With mass killings and a crisis that will eventually turn into another genocide, I would expect a much stronger approach, but sadly we have a failed system that will do nothing to help these people. The situation in Myanmar is nothing short of another Darfur or even more closely resembling the genocide of Bosnian Muslims, each of these being another example of the failed agenda of the United Nations, each resulting in the death and displacement of Hundreds of thousands, and the widespread rape and violation of human rights.

But I’m afraid that Rohingya will just be another example on the list of failed humanitarian missions, with the eventual deaths not even being recognized as martyrs to a lost cause.

In the end it seems as if it’s just the nature of the developed world to not care about the plight of others.

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The Plight of the Rohingya