Hiding beneath the mainstream news, there’s a genocide occurring in Myanmar. This event is ignored by many publications, and disregarded by politicians from around the globe. It is extremely important to stay updated on the subject so you are prepared on how to help those in need.
Myanmar, also known as Burma, is a country located in Southeast Asia and is composed of more than 100 ethnic groups. The country has a population of almost 53 million, and boasts some of the most beautiful architecture in the world. However, disturbing events have put an ominous film on the country, and government officials in Myanmar continue to ignore these events. In fact, the State Chancellor, Aung San Suu Kyi, has refused to comment.
This genocide has been going on since the late 1970s and has still seen little public action. Since the start, almost one million people have fled Myanmar. But who are these people at persecution?
The Rohingya are an ethnic group, composed of mostly Muslims, who live in a majority Buddhist area. With about 1.1 million Rohingya currently residing in Myanmar, they are in fear of their lives. Since 1982 the Rohingya have been denied citizenship in Myanmar, as they speak a unique dialect that leaves them unrecognizable among Myanmar’s 135 ethnic groups. Due to not having proper citizenship, the Rohingya are essentially stateless and have been pushed to the poorest areas of Myanmar.
Since the mass deportation of the Rohingya to these poorer areas, beginning in 1970s, reports of murder, torture, rape, and violence by Myanmar security forces have been reported. In 2016, the UN declared that the Myanmar government was carrying out an ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya, that the Burmese government ultimately denied. However, this was not the first time this accusation has been made. Many village wide massacres have been executed by the Myanmar government on the Rohingya. In one specific instance, it was noted that armed police officers had shot and killed over 100 unarmed Rohingya.
Moreover, in February 2018, the AP released a video showcasing mass graves of Rohingya in Myanmar. Entire villages were wiped out, and reports of casualties up to 400 have been reported.
Overall, since the late 1970s, the number of Rohingya deaths have varied. In some reports over 6,000 Rohingya are murdered a month, while other numbers report that 9,000 Rohingya have been killed since August, but these statistics do not account for the mass amount of murders taking place before them. This is because the Burmese government refuses to release statistics, and the Rohingya do not have any official documents acknowledging their birth and death, thus leaving a large gap between oral and factual statistics.
Want to help? You can.
Donations are essential to helping out in such cases, as they can provide the Rohingya with food, water, shelter, healthcare, and even legal means to end such persecution.
Here are some of the most efficient and transparent organizations to donate to:
Additionally, never forget that by remaining educated on the subject and holding your politicians accountable, you can force change.
Have a wonderful day superstars!