A little told saga here in the US is the saga of the Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar (Burma) and their plight along the way…….
First of all the Rohingya are Muslims in a Buddhist country that are not wanted and suffer horrific acts upon them and are being forced out of their country simply because of religion. To me that is tacky and uncouth…..
The BBC does an excellent job explaining the situation in Myanmar (Burma)…….
The plight of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people is said to be the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis.
Risking death by sea or on foot, more than half a million have fled the destruction of their homes and persecution in the northern Rakhine province of Myanmar (Burma) for neighbouring Bangladesh since August 2017.
The United Nations described the military offensive in Rakhine, which provoked the exodus, as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.
Myanmar’s military says it is fighting Rohingya militants and denies targeting civilians.
Read more of the plight of these people…….
The US is well aware of the plight of the Rohingya and is sending aid to Myanmar (Burma)…..this is a statement about that aid from the State department……
The United States supports a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic Burma that respects the human rights of all its people. We are working to immediately address the human rights and humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State, strengthen Burma’s transition to democracy, expand economic opportunity, improve health and resilience of vulnerable populations, further national reconciliation, empower local communities and civil society, and strengthen respect for and protection of human rights and religious freedom.
The US has sent $151 million in aid to Burma in the past….keep that in mind for my next piece of info…..
“We want to see Myanmar succeed,” he told reporters at a joint press briefing alongside Suu Kyi. “You can’t just impose sanctions and say therefore the crisis is over.”
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was speaking after a one-day stop in Naypyidaw, as global outrage builds over impunity for a military accused of waging an ethnic cleansing campaign against the Rohingya.
His comments came as de facto civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi hit back at accusations that she has been silent over the refugee crisis, saying she has focused instead on speech that avoids inflaming sectarian tensions.
What utter bullshit from an a/hole that has no idea what he is doing…..he is an incompetent fool…..
You are telling me that sanctions and loss of US aid would not have an effect?
To that I say…BULLSHIT!
Something has to be done to help these people in their struggle….so try sanctions….bet we will get a response. Who will protect the Rohingya?
More on the situation……
Kuala Lumpur – Rohingya refugees fleeing the recent outbreak of violence in Myanmar have begun arriving in Malaysia, amid warnings that this could mark the start of a dangerous new wave of people smuggling.
NGOs say traffickers are targeting Rohingya in Myanmar and those in refugee camps in Bangladesh, where conditions are dire, as this 101 East film shows.
My country needs to stand up for the principles it was founded on……if we cannot do that then all is truly lost.