Author: Abu Nusaybah
Visiting the people of Arakan has made reality a reality, temporary reality for us and a permanent reality for them.
Arakan an ‘unknown and unrecognised state straddling both Burma and Bangladesh was once ruled by Muslims for 350 years. Arakan has been through many atrocities, the 1942 genocide and to this day the oppression and killing still taking place. Currently Arakan is less than 50% Muslims, once was 75% or more, this alone goes to show the systematic ethnic cleansing that’s taking place today. Authority is in the hands of the Burmese which undoubtedly made it worse for the people of Arakan for the last four years since 2010.
Starting from the military election that took place which involved manipulation of majority if not all Muslims to favour the rule of the Military rule and in return they were promised residency in their own home land!!. Soon as the military came into power after the assistance of the Muslims, they began treating them worse than before the military rule. Marshall law!
People of Arakan are suffering day in day out yet they hold on firm to their faith. It is beyond human rights violations to hear that one had been psychologically, socially and morally broken down and forced to leave his loved ones and place which they called home!
To attend school in Burma – Arakan you would have to change your name to a Buddhists name. Whether it be primary or higher education.
Could it get any worse? Yes!6am – 6pm
All this explains why all the Muslims of Burma are fleeing from their homes and their families to lands which don’t accept them for whom they are and what they are. They leave Burma -Arakan as the government claim they are Bangladeshi nationals and the Bangladeshis claim that they are Burmese so they are left lingered in the middle in a land which is unrecognised by both country’s in situations and conditions unknown to the rest of the world.
Knowing the reality of the hardship people face it is imperative Human Aid continues to help people and bring hope to lives.
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