Abid Bahar

Which Country is this? If you live in this country through generations and you are a Muslim Rohingya, you might be one of the unlucky persons on earth, because you have your neighbor, a racist named Ko Ko Gyi, who travels to the West but keeps his hoodlums in his neighborhood in Arakan to drive you and your family out of your ancestral home. The hoodlums already destroyed the ancient mosque in your neighborhood built in the 14th century. After living for centuries on this land, they think you are a person who have entered their country illegally. Your neighbor Ko Ko Gyi and his buddy Ko Myo Thein claims they are democrats, but in Ko Ko Gyi’s speech he informs his followers: “…it has been a long-standing problem; this isn’t a problem that exists only recently. For decades, the illegal immigrants have been flowing into Myanmar, …the rate these Bengalis give birth, the rate of giving birth is massive and overtime the local Rakhines feel threaten by the sky-rocketed birthrate of these Bengalis. With these birthrates, it’s only the Rakhines who feel threaten.” Another racist named Aye Chan who became a Japanese citizen came to Arakan to say to his Rakhiine people: “These So-called Rohingyas are illegal people and are influx Viruses” needed to be exterminated. The police, security force, NaSaKa (the border guard) and the military, all are there to help them destroy you, and your family. This is all in the name of you being a “foreigner.” So you realized that it is not because you have entered the country illegally, but that these people are Buddhist racists and working on ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya.

More alarming is that lately, you have been observing young people distributing leaflets, and hoodlums gather in street corners with machetes, sticks and with them security forces with revolvers. Among them you also see some monks. Being a Rohingya Muslim you realize that this is a religiously motivated racism.

At night suddenly you hear in your Rohingya neighbor’s house the cry of a woman asking for help. Followed by a group of Rakhine young people in short pants setting fire on your Rohingya neighbor’s house and next is yours. You have no time to spare, you leave behind your possessions. You took your family in your boat anchored on the river and you found out you are the luckiest ones, you got shelter in the neighboring country. You came to tell people what happened. On your way though you saw many man and women especially children dead, especially a dead child you couldn’t forget who couldn’t get up from the mud to catch up with her parents, during the stampede, the unfortunate Rohingya will not have her stories told to her future generation. ( Please see the references for details).

This seems like a story of Hitler’s Germany in the last century. No, it is in Asia, in a Buddhist country, in the remote corner of Arakan, of Burma.

You are a peace loving Buddhist. You don’t approve of this inhumanity especially after you heard  Chris Lewa saying:

“Nationality in Burma should not be based on race, but rather on descent and birthplace.” You heard Lewa saying: State-sponsored abuse of the Rohingya started on June 25, and she accused the army, the Nasaka (border security forces), police officers and riot police of conducting mass arrests of Rohingyas, and raids that involved looting, robbery, rapes, beatings, torture and killings.”

You heard Lewa saying: “Hundreds have died, many more have been injured, thousands of properties have been destroyed and an estimated 100,000 people have been displaced.

She adds that “There have been many attempts to block aid from UN agencies and international NGOs, said Lewa, even by Buddhist monks who are playing a leading role in rejecting aid and exhorting their communities not to do business with the Rohingya.”

But as a democrat, and a peace-loving Buddhist, you realized, these Rakhine ultra-nationalists also have hijacked the peace-loving Burmese people through anti Rohingya hate propaganda. To your utter surprise, Thein Sein, the President of the country who was a former military General declared: “We will take responsibility of our ethnic nationals but it is impossible to accept those Rohingyas who are not our ethnic nationals who had entered the country illegally. The only solution is to hand those illegal Rohingyas to the UNHCR or to send them to any third country that would accept them.” You realized the President to be an old military wolf in the civilian sheep’s skin. You wonder, whether the President is in his right mind to be a reformer because his statement shows he is an out-ride racist.

You know you are a democrat Bumar, you see the West is watching Thein Sein whether he will really favor the Western business in Burma or else what? In the mean time, you see many human rights groups in the West observing the recent “June 2012 machete massacre of the Rohingyas” now are supporting Rohingya’s citizenship and strongly opine, “Enough is enough,” ” Burma is Rohingya’s ancestral home and it is about time that the President and his local provocateurs should be brought to the International Criminal Court in the Hague for justice especially after his open acknowledgement of his direct link in the ethnic cleansing and the crime against humanity.




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