Burmese Muslims Tossed From Nation To Nation

Myanmar is a nation ruled by a group of thuggish military leaders who constantly wage war against ethnic minorities who reside in a Buddhist society. The plight of the Rohingya people illustrates the indifference felt by the Burmese government and other non-Muslim societies in Asia. Rohingya have been expelled from Thailand and set adrift on rafts in the Indian Ocean in order to get them out of Thailand. Daw Aye Aye, a Burmese official made clear his government did not want the Rohingya to return and would prefer if they were sent off to some far away Muslim nation.

The Rohingya are a symbol of the world’s indifference to human suffering and our inability as humans to confront issues of persecution, particularly when oppressed people inhabit faraway lands and are of a different religion or ethnicity that fails to attract sympathy in the media. It always fascinates this writer how the plight of one group can become a media sensation while similar persecution does not even rate a line in the media.

  • journeyer58

    The problem as I see it is this, too many people are now becoming persecuted for one reason or another and the media and the world cannot keep up with the pace of persecution and genocide.
    We are the prime examples of how an overload of information can ruin a people’s sensitivity to issues of genocide in the world.
    CNN, Headline News, MSNBC, and all of the rest of the Main Stream Media, choose one topic of discussion and stick with that until the cow’s come home and the rooster’s come home to roost in the hen house.
    What we all need is a sensitivity awakening, a release of compassion when issues such as the Rohingya people come to the fore. Now is the time for the Obama administration to show what it is truly made of and demand such a compassion awakening. Until this happens, we the world will continue to be plagued by issues such as the Rohingya and situations like Darfur and the Southern region of Somalia.
    Let us all, speak with one loud voice, that genocide and persecution because of religion, ethnicity, skin colour, belief or non-belief will no longer be tolerated and allowed to succeed in this world any longer.

  • http://www.theimpudentobserver.com Fred Stopsky

    Amen.