Thursday May 23, 2013
Rohingya Patriotic PoemBy Ibrahim Shah Special to Salem-News.com
Poem relates story of the most persecuted people on earth.
(RANGOON Mayu Press) - Since last summer, Rohingya Muslims have been the focus of an ongoing Genocide in their native Burma. Rakhine Buddhists are in charge of this country under the leadership of President Thein Sein. It has been renamed Myanmar, and has shifted from intolerance toward unruly Buddhist monks, to murder.
This is a country that until very recently, was closed to the outside world, ruled by an inflexible military junta. Even Aung San Suu Kyi has remained a complicit voice of silence, refusing to acknowledge the ethnic cleansing being carried out by her own people, against the Rohingyas and other Muslims.
As in so many other cases, Salem-News is one of if not the only U.S. based news agency that has followed this intense deadly conflict which has been compared to the events in Bosnia.
This poem, submitted to our newsroom by Mohamed Ibrahim, brings to mind the events that have left the Rohingya a stateless people, persecuted on every shore, by governments that blatantly disregard international law, specifically The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is a document we should all be familiar with.
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