The genocide against Muslim that has been going on in Burma is something that we shouldn’t pretend of not being aware of. Even though social media and other media house limit or restrict the sharing or coverage of the genocide; it is not a problem which started recently but rather has been happening for over 70 years. Just imagine the long years that Rohingyans have experience from the oppression of this country – Burma.
Before we delve further, do you know who are Rohingya Muslims? According to an article written by the Telegraph:
They have often been called the most persecuted minority in the world. The Rohingya Muslims squeezed precariously into the north-west state of Rakhine, in mainly Buddhist Burma, bordering majority Muslim Bangladesh, are stateless and unwanted.
Neither country will give them citizenship even though their families’ roots in modern-day Rakhine, once called Arakan, can be traced back to the Eighth Century.
The Muslim community in Burma has been suffering greatly at the hand of the Majority Burma Buddhist. The Muslims are being persecuted or killed. The Rohingyan girls and women are also allegedly being raped by some abusive perpetrators. A report also has it that angry mobs are set an entire family ablaze together, while they were still alive.
The anti-Muslim attitudes in Burma have gotten so intense into the Buddhist’s mind that consistently we see an upsurge in the number of life lost and also the number of Muslims displaced from their homes.
The Muslim people in Burma have no place to run as its nearest neighbor Bangladesh; has not given them passage into their country. However, Saudi Arabia permits persecuted Muslims, who were trying to escape Burma alive, to look for shelter on their land.
The Burmese Muslim people have gradually advanced toward Saudi Arabian soil, and now more than 1 million Burmese Muslims are qualified for residence in Saudi Arabia. Some Burmese natives have been supposedly living in Saudi Arabia for 70 years.
Several individuals who have fled Burma have no country they can call their own. Moving back to Burma is an impossible idea because the issue there gets worst “religious cleansing” and the fear of oppression against Muslims.
Nevertheless, the hopes of these Burmese Muslims worked out as expected when the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia chose to entitle everyone with an iqama, or what we call “Identity Card.” This will enable the Burmese residents to concentrate on a more steady and long-term-term future for themselves.
These Muslims from Burma who got away from their country in fear of their lives now have a place they can call their own, without fear of anything.
The sheik of the Burmese people in Saudi Arabia has lauded the role of the Saudi government, in helping the Burmese community to get settled in the Kingdom. He has expressed that the current status that has been issued to his people, by Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, has given them total freedom from the mistreatment back home as well as having a permanent residence.
According to the Sheikh “Additionally, due to this new government move, students who are studying in schools run by charitable organizations will now have the opportunity to study in public schools from the primary to secondary stages,”
Additionally, the government has permitted students who were studying in Charity schools as a result of not being citizens to start public schools from the primary and secondary stages. The iqama will now give them access to public health facilities, and numerous other facilities that are accessible only to the citizens/legal residents of Saudi Arabia.
Actions have started immediately to make sure that the Burmese individuals, who need to exercise the privilege, get their iqama at the earliest possible time. From the date of the announcement to date, 170,000 individuals have gotten their iqama; at last, they now have peace of mind as well as putting their shocks of their past country behind them.
It is sad to state that other than Turkey, Maldives, and Saudi Arabia, no other Islamic nations are taking any measure for the genocide of Muslims in Myanmar. Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has contacted Bangladesh government and asked them to open borders for Burma Muslims and that they will pay for the cost of every one of them.
The International Community and UN have likewise condemned these deeds and have requested the State counselor of Myanmar Suu Kyi to end the mistreatment and to control the mobs in the Rakhine state. Maldives has likewise cut down relations with Myanmar. Then again, in an interview, Bangladesh Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina Wazed has expressed that Rohingya Muslims are not their concern.
h/t: Arab News