My plea: help save the Rohingya of Myanmar

2016-12-02 16:20

my plea

Most revered humanity I hope this letter upsets you as you relax reading your favourite newspaper or engaging in your relaxing time after a day at the office.

Maybe  you missed it. I asked before "what if the Rohingya were rhinos close to extinction?"

Better still, let me simplify. What if they were dolphins?

But let me make this plain here and now.

I am sad

I am in pain

I am in depression

Because like my brothers and sisters in

Palestine

Kashmir

Sri Lanka

in

Mynmar

off your  radar screens

Rohingya Muslims are in crisis...

In Myanmar, the Rohingya people are being persecuted for their Islamic faith and their ethnic background.

They are being hunted like wild animals

did you mention ethnic cleansing?

Nobel Laureate Aung Sang Su Kyi

where is she?

Where is her voice?

Extreme violence has broken out in the impoverished Rakhine State and thousands of people have been forced to flee from the bloodshed and destruction, many with only the clothes on their backs.

All because they're Muslims...

I read from its website that Human Rights Watch estimates that 120,000 homes have been razed to the ground, stripping families of their possessions and shattering any sense of security they may have had.

Where is that voice calling for sanctions and war crimes indictment?

Those who attempt to cross the Naf River to seek refuge in the neighbouring country of Bangladesh face further suffering and hardship when they arrive.

Many are being sent back to Myanmar, where chaos, uncertainty, death and misery awaits them.

Hungry and homeless

The families who do manage to reach makeshift refugee camps are far from safe. They have no blankets or cooking equipment. They urgently need food and clean water, and many people are malnourished.

The UN estimates that 150,000 people are in desperate need of emergency assistance. 3,000 children under five have not received treatment for severe malnutrition and half of them are at serious risk of death.

I end with my plea. Support efforts to bring their plight on to the international focus of action.

Saber Ahmed Jazbhay

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