The Rohingya – a stateless mostly Muslim minority group – have faced years of persecution in Myanmar. Deep-seated tensions between them and the majority Buddhist population in Rakhine have led to deadly communal violence in the past. It has been two years since the inception of 2 consecutive genocidal attacks on the Rohingya community in the Rakhine state of Myanmar.
The UNHRC have issued reports regarding abuses committed against the Rohingya, including acts of rape, expulsion and burning down villages and mosques. These impermissible acts of cruelty against humanity have left a permanent mark on the lives of many, and continue to be a transient yet disturbing memory for others.
The Rohingya refugees are seeking asylum in various regions around the border of Bangladesh, as well as in some parts of India. However, there is no solace for them even in refugee camps as they’re faced with dilapidated, chaotic conditions – an outbreak of various diseases, overflowing toilets, poor water sanitation and hygiene, malnutrition and stunted growth of children, to just point out a few of the problems amassing the crisis. The other major challenge to be combatted is ensuring the non-violation of basic human rights of a predominantly vulnerable population of women and children who are at an impeccably high risk of being trafficked and exploited.
25th August is remembered in history for its horrific impact on humanity, a day which should never be relived again – Rohingya Genocide Day. It is time for us now, more than ever, to reach out to the Rohingya, ensuring them an inclusive livelihood in their villages in Myanmar, protecting their basic human rights and making this the last of such abhorrent crimes against mankind.