Why Rohingyas Are Willing To Risk Everything To Flee Myanmar | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Why Rohingyas Are Willing To Risk Everything To Flee Myanmar

A majority of Rohingya Muslims live in Rakhine, a Buddhist majority state in western Myanmar. The group says its members descend from Arab traders and have lived in the area for hundreds of years. Many people in Myanmar, however, including prominent political and religious leaders, consider the Rohingyas Bengalis who migrated to Myanmar illegally and have no right to live in the country.

In 1982, Myanmar approved a law that officially restricted citizenship to members of ethnic groups it said had settled in modern-day Myanmar prior to 1823. The Rohingya were not considered one of those groups and its members effectively became stateless.

The lack of citizenship deprives Rohingyas of basic rights, including access to education, freedom of movement, land rights, the protection of their property and the right to marry freely.

Tensions between Buddhists and Royingya Muslims in Rakhine state have lingered for decades but intensified in recent years, partly fueled by the hate-mongering rhetoric of extremist Buddhist monks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is an absolute shame on the government of Myanmar, and heading toward an international disaster.

This law should be changed, and those responsible for not changing it put into the unblinking glare of universal public contempt.

And I never thought that I would have to say this, during this lifetime, but
"Watch out: here come the Buddhists?!?" This is really sad, as a couple of the great foundational concepts of Buddhism are compassion and tolerance.

Too bad those concepts have seemed to hit the skids in Myanmar.

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