Carnage in Myanmar


ACCORDING to UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) up to 30,000 Muslims are now estimated to be displaced and thousands more affected by the Oct 09 armed attacks and subsequent security operations across the north of Rakhine State in Myanmar. Rohingyas are being killed mercilessly by the State itself but no one is speaking for them effectively despite the fact that the UN itself has described them as ‘one of the most persecuted minorities in the world’.
The bloodshed is the most serious since hundreds were killed in communal clashes in Rakhine in 2012. It has exposed the lack of oversight of the military by the seven-month-old administration of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. Army has locked down areas, shut out aid workers and independent observers which speak volumes as to what was happening to Rohingyas who are trying to flee to Bangladesh to escape wrath of the military but Bangladesh too has closed its doors to these hapless souls. The situation is deteriorating day by day with images and videos circulating on social media appear to show the bodies of men, women and children with gunshot wounds, while satellite images published by Human Rights Watch show villages razed to the ground. Rohingya women in several areas have accused soldiers of rape. The situation warrants strong UN intervention but regrettably the world body has confined itself to mere issuance of reports and statements, doing almost nothing to stop genocide of Rohingyas by the State apparatus, which clearly amounts to State-sponsored terrorism.