Rohingya Massacre

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In Myanmar, human rights have been stripped, lives have been thrown away, and life has become hell for the native Rohingyas of the Rakhine State along the country’s coast. Perhaps the most persecuted minority population in the world, the Muslim and Hindi Rohingyas have been subject to exploitation and marginalization by the majority Buddhists and the Myanmar government since the 1960s.

Why? Their hardships started when the Rohingya, in search of labor and refuge, immigrated from India and Bangladesh to Myanmar when Britain still ruled the territory. Their influx was embraced until 1962, when the British government was overthrown by the Burmese military in a coup d’etat. With this new authoritative government, the Rohingya have been perceived as parasites to the economy and political influence of the country. Since then, they have been suffered violent hate crimes, been denied citizenship, and been treated as subhumans due to the reigning Burmese.

However, in the last year, the conflict has reached critical mass: after insurgents from the rebel organization Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army killed nine government officers at the Myanmar-Bangladesh border, a genocidal campaign was launched by the Myanmar government in retaliation.

The territory has been shut off from media access by the Myanmar government. Fortunately, many survivors have begun to give testimonies to international media publications, detailing the awful, unanimous sorrow of their violent marginalization. According to an article by the New York Times, survivors have said “they saw government soldiers stabbing babies, cutting off boys’ heads, gang-raping girls, shooting 40-millimeter grenades into houses, burning entire families to death, and rounding up dozens of unarmed male villagers and summarily executing them.” This is only a short description of this atrocity.

If you’d like to help support Rohingya refugees as well as efforts to ensure their survival and freedom, you can donate to BRAC, Actions Against Hunger, UNICEF, Doctors Without Borders, or through other organizations certified by CharityNavigator.org.

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Rohingya Massacre