“The military took away my father along with all other men from our village. Then, they set fire to our house with my mother inside. She was burned to death.”
This was part of a brief testimony by Mohammed Jakaria, a 13-year-old Rohingya child from Rakhine state in western Burma.
Now, Mohammed and tens of thousands of refugees like him live in squalid conditions in crowded ref-ugee camps in Teknaf, in the southernmost point of mainland Bangladesh, which shares a long border with Burma.
Since the renewal of hostilities targeting Rohingya Muslims in Burma, hundreds of thousands of refu-gees have crossed that dangerous border seeking shelter from imminent death and torture.
Thousands of Rohingya have been reportedly killed since August. Thousands more are missing. Their plight is the most pressing humanitarian issue at the present time.
But, the Rohingya crisis cannot be filed under yet another humanitarian crisis. The Rohingya, known as ‘the most persecuted people on earth’ are running out of time.
Yet, aside from calls to allow UN monitors access to Rakhine, there has been no comprehensive plan of action to bring an end to their ongoing genocide.
Indeed, this is a story of greed, involving the world’s largest multinational corporations, and hypocrisy involving none other than Aung San Suu Kyi.
Indeed, this is a story of greed, involving the world’s largest multinational corporations, and hypocrisy involving none other than Aung San Suu KyiRamzy Baroud