One year ago today, the course of Rohingya history took a dramatic turn for the worse.
Years of deep seated hatred for the Rohingya community, having lived on the margins of Myanmarese society, unravelled from a civilian dispute and attack in Arakan, and has since spiralled into systematic ethnic cleansing of the community.
The Rohingya are still continually discriminated for their difference in appearance, religion and language, leading to their desperation, displacement and death.
Reports of renewed anti-Muslim violence have emerged in the Lashio Township of the Shan State in Myanmar. In the same style as Meikhtila, Yangon and Oakkan, houses belonging to Muslims, Muslim schools and mosques are being systematically burnt down.
Reports have come in today that the Rohingya now have to pay for food rations that have been donated to them. The village leaders and those incharge of the IDP camps in Sittwe are in full control over whatever is donated to the Rohingya and take full advantage of thier power. The Rohingya who have very little to nothing to their name once again have been stripped of another right which is owed...
In preparation of the looming Cyclone Mahasen, reports have come in today that the Rohingya have been moved from T.K.P (Thet Kay Pyan village) Madrasa and the village school, aided by the UNHCR. The pictures below show the Rohingya moving from the camp to the T.K.P Madrasa (Islamic school) and the village school – contrary to the Lone Htin (police force), who had planned to...
Whilst calling for more aid and access, the Rakhine Commision report failed to mention Rohingya community by name and instead referred to the community as Bengali settlers. This use of language is believed to have stoked the violence being witnessed today in Oak Kan township.
Violence broke out across three Muslim villages Chew Bon, Kyauk-Tet and Pea-net-Gone late this morning with sustained attacks on villagers shops and places of worship. As of this afternoon, a number of sources have reported that 2 mosques and 2 Islamic education schools have been destroyed and damaged. More than 150 shops have been damaged with high value goods being looted. In contrast to violence in Meikhtila and Arakan state, there have been fewer arson attacks.
The recent news of 'Bengalization' of the Rohingya has been a longstanding operation performed by the NaSaKa for number of years, long before last year's violence where many Rohingya had found themselves forced to change their nationality to Bengali.
However, within the last month, this operation has intensified and is now being carried out under the banner of the 'The President's Census', which is due to take place on a national level next year. Sittwe has been the first area targeted, and now, the operation is not only being carried out by the Nasaka but it also reinforced by key authoritative forces- the Police, Immigration, military and Lone Htain (security forces), expecting the Rohingya to easily accept and succumb to their superior demands. The Rohingya are well aware that this operation will lead to the extinction of their race and naturally, they refused to take part, defying all authoritative forces.
We have been following the work of Greg Constantine for some time now, as he continues to document the struggles of stateless ethnic minority groups, who have had their citizenship stripped from them. Having been lucky enough to meet him in London last year during an exhibition of his book Exiled to Nowhere: Burma's Rohingyahe has now shared his latest work on the...
The last few weeks fears have materialised to reality, as extremist Buddhist attacks have spread further than just within the Arakan region in Myanmar, to Mandalay and now to Yangon (formerly Rangoon).
The opportunistic ‘969’ extremist group, had started the violent rampage in the Meikhtila township of Mandalay, which is now razed to the ground, unrecognizable to the local inhabitants who used to call the area their home.
Despite their own hardship, our sources in Arakan express deep concern over the widespread violence against Muslims in other areas of Burma. Angered by the ineffective international laws, our sources explain how the extremist Buddhist community are taking full advantage continuing their racially aggravated violent rampage without any accountability. Now, Buddhist extremist groups have...