We previously discussed the crushing abuse and discrimination faced by Muslims in Myanmar. The Rohingya are denied basic rights and face continued violence in the country. While it was hard to imagine the abuse of these Muslims becoming any more extreme in the Buddhist nation, it just did. The government has allowed a new spasm of violence against this community which has been denied the most basic rights and the support. Rohingya children have been reportedly beheaded and civilians burned alive.
The violence is centered in the country’s western Rakhine state. Some 60,000 refugees have fled over the border into Bangladesh in one week.
As has long been the case, Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has been asked to act but she has shown a distinct lack of interest in the plight of this minority community.
The plight of this community of minority Muslims is a global disgrace. The government clearly wants to allow militants to kill and rape and abuse this community until they flee to Bangladesh or other countries. In the meantime, the horrific count continues to mount in Myanmar.