Doctors Without Borders considers Burmese Muslims among the people most likely to become extinct. Extinct?
Yes, extinct. This is a term normally used for plants, birds, and animals. But here it is being used for Burmese Muslims who are also known as Rohingyas.
Burmese Muslims are considered one of the most persecuted minorities in the world, according to the United Nations.
There used to be five million Muslims in Burma. Today, there are only three million left. What happened to them? While the world’s population is increasing, why is the Burmese Muslim population diminishing? This is the story of genocide.
It started when Burma’s military cancelled the citizenship of Rohingyas in 1982. Then, they put limitations on their access to education, ability to marry and have children, as well as maintain their religious life as Muslims.
But that was not enough. Every few years, the military has found an excuse to wage war on its own people, the Rohingyas. Here is a typical operation as it is being carried out right now. First, the military, police, or armed extremists supported by the military, zoom in on a Muslim home. They take the men away to one of a number of concentration camps. They then rape the women of the household. If you resist, you are immediately killed. This is the reason that you find mostly women on the boats running away from Burma.
Muslims in North America have come together to establish Burma Task Force USA. The Burma Task Force USA is a collaboration of the following entities: Burmese Rohingya Association of North America, Burmese Muslim Association, Free Rohingya Campaign, American Muslims for Palestine, Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA NY), Majlis Shura of Atlanta, Majlis Shura of New York, Michigan Muslim Community Council (MMCC) and Muslim Peace Coalition USA. Probably several hundred masjids are connected by these entities. So it is as united an effort as it comes in North America.
Saving one life is like saving the whole humanity in the eyes of Allah. Let’s dedicate ten to fifteen minutes a day to stop the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Burma. Make sure your Imam remembers Burma in your community’s Duas.
To learn more and see some of the heart wrenching photos of devastation, please visit the Burma Task Force USA website:
About 100,000 Rohingyas are in concentration camps currently according to Human Rights Watch. While their women and girls are raped as an instrument of ethnic cleansing. Since the Bosnia concentration camps, this is the first time that the world is hearing about the concentration camps again. This time in Burma.
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