Rohingya Muslims.

Why is the world closing its eyes and silencing its tongue? Does anyone know what is happening in Myanmar? (Burma) An ethnic cleansing, which really is an understatement, is going on there, at a scale that might put the holocaust of the forties to shame!

This genocide is done by the so called gentle souls professing to be Buddhists….. who denounce any killing, even of insects. Now their military is burning villages, raping women, killing children and hacking the heads off of young men and women.

Such hatred! Such violence! No one is taking up the victims’ cause. Why? Because that part of the earth does not have oil? Or coal? Or any yield of the land that would benefit the Western hemisphere?

Several years ago, the Taliban of Afghanistan, broke statues of Buddha in the mountains of their land. We heard and read about that atrocity for weeks. For WEEKS! And now, I have seen videos of massacres and murders and burning of villages (thanks to BBC), and no one here has mentioned anything about what is going on in that part of the world. Granted the south is pummeled by the hurricanes, and a few lives are lost. But no one is talking about the THOUSANDS that are being killed daily in Myanmar. The military of that government is systematically slaughtering Muslims of Myanmar.

Shame on the Madam Aung San Suu Kyi! Shame on her. How dare she hold on to the Nobel Prize she won for Peace. While she is not directly  organizing the killings the minority Muslims there, she is turning a blind eye to the atrocities of her Military government. Shame on that woman for allowing this to happen. Shame on her for wearing flowers in her hair while she is allowing thousands of women to be raped and their husbands killed. And this was the same woman who defied the dictators of Burma and spend fifteen years under house arrest and led a campaign for democracy. This same woman is responsible for all the blood shed that is going on in that democratic land. Does anyone see her face splattered with the blood of the innocent people? Look hard in your mind’s eye and you can see that– just as clearly as I can. Shame on her. This woman blames all news of rape as “fake rapes!” WHAT? Is she for real?? She calls these people who are literally butchered, and whose blood coats the roads and earth of that land, terrorists. She is inhuman. She has sold her soul to the devil.

“We applauded Aung San Suu Kyi when she received her Nobel Prize because she symbolized courage in the face of tyranny,” noted Ken Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. “Now that she’s in power, she symbolizes cowardly complicity in the deadly tyranny being visited on the Rohingya.”

Another Nobel Peace Prize winner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, wrote a pained letter to his friend: “My dear sister: If the political price of your ascension to the highest office in Myanmar is your silence, the price is surely too steep.”

Enough said.

Zakiah Sayeed Ali.

About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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  1. jstnotherday says:

    I was horrified when I learned, about a year ago, of what was happening to the Rohingya people. (Had several arguments with people online over it.)

    ‘the only thing needed for evil to thrive is for good people to remain silent.’ 😦

  2. murisopsis says:

    This is indeed a tragic time for all the people of Myanmar. Those innocents being killed is a reflection of evil manifested in the military and is the responsibility of the leader and the general population of the country. Like the Holocaust of WWII, not only were the military leaders guilty (and punished) but the citizens too were guilty but avoided legal responsibility claiming they didn’t know. I am sure that they did and so too do the everyday people in Myanmar know what is happening. The media is silent and I think you are correct in the assessment that if the country had resources sought by the industrialized nations there would be a cry of outrage!

    • Zakiah says:

      BBC has been so good about giving world news. I am aware of the catastrophes that are going on here, but the loss of thousand lives and burning of villages on this same earth should also take some precedence in my opinion.

  3. beowulf222 says:

    I share your puzzlement about Aung San Suu Kyi’s silence in all of this because of all the people I expected her to stand up. While she may be the head of government, I think the control is still very much with the military and her real influence may be limited. Another thought of mine is this: being in resistance and defying something/someone is a very different thing from running a country as an elected official.

    • Zakiah says:

      That lady has blood on her hands! Power has gone to her head. Her control over the military may be limited, but to give an interview to journalists from Britain and tell them that there is no genocide, and no murders, (I watched that interview two days back on BBC), is BS!

  4. whyzat says:

    I’ve been reading about it, and it is appalling. The thing is, I think we can only concentrate on so many horrors at one time, and the closer they are to us physically, the more interested we are. Of course, it’s the media, too. They cover the stories they know will draw the most eyes.
    I’m glad to see that the insurgents and the government have agreed to a ceasefire, though it’s too little too late for a lot of people.

    • Zakiah says:

      No doubt, the closer the horror is physically, the more people are focusing on it. But the media has not said a single thing about these atrocities AT ALL. Neither, NBC, CBS or ABC have aired anything about this problem. This is what bothers me. I read about this in journals and watch on foreign channels.

      • whyzat says:

        Since I replied to you, I have seen that the government of Myanmar has rejected the rebels’ cease fire. That is worrying. Another problem about getting the story out is that the government isn’t allowing aid or media in. It speaks volumes.
        CNN was giving a bit of info about it on their crawl under the broadcast. Maybe when they lose interest in the hurricane, they will look at the rest of the world.

    • Zakiah says:

      I was afraid of that Dian. If people really really want peace, they would bend over backwards to promote it. Myanmar is hell-bent on their murderous path.
      That is right, over and over again I have heard the journalists lamenting that they are not allowed to come into the country or film the destruction. Hello North Korea!!

  5. christao408 says:

    This story seems to be gaining traction and coverage and I hope the world will quickly intervene. It is amazingly unjust and Aung San Suu Kyi is showing that she is not as much of a champion of human rights as we thought.

    • Zakiah says:

      It is a shame that all the Muslim Nations are so quiet about this cleansing act. The pictures and videos are heart-rending, Chris. I don’t know where humanity is headed.

  6. slmret says:

    I’m so very sorry, Zakiah — I have missed this story entirely, perhaps because I watch primarily the US news channels. I am appalled that this is happening, and even more so that the information is so lacking! I will definitely try to find more information when I come out the other side of this week!

  7. It is horrific. It does seem that Nobel peace prizes should be able to be rescinded Just my two cents. It is appalling when one group thinks it’s okay to harm/kill/violate another…no matter what they ‘do it in the name of’. Our entire world is falling apart. .

  8. I also saw the BBC story and others. There are calls from asking our Prime Minister to rescind her honorary Canadian citizenship. Her hands are stained with their blood. I also saw another op-ed piece on how we choose to overlook these atrocities because they don’t fit our narrative on how the world should be.

  9. You are are absolutely right, Zakiah . The news are not enough t about this tragedy . I learnt this recently at reading a French newpaper from Paris ( La Croix ) .Then I watched at The TV a short report two days ago people running away without to know where to go . Awful! .
    When will the massacres stop on this earth?
    Love ❤

  10. r_hsw says:

    i do hope there is a good reason for her silence. and that she would do something about what had happened, to bring the wrong actions to justice. not to better her reputation, but for the well being of the country and its people.

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