By: Kayhan Int’l Staff Writer
While oil-rich Arab states, such as Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain, either continue to slaughter fellow Arabs in Yemen with gay abandon, or backstab the oppressed Palestinians through open dalliance with the Zionist occupiers of Islam’s former qibla (direction of the daily ritual prayers), the plight of the world’s most persecuted people worsens every passing day.
The Rohingya Muslims know no respite from the abuse and genocide of the Myanmar military in their own ancestral homeland of Rakhine (Arakan).
According to human rights organization ‘Amnesty International’ last Monday, fresh evidence of indiscriminate attacks on civilians are emerging. Reports, coupled with photographic evidence prove that Myanmar soldiers have systematically burned villages and wounded and killed hundreds of civilians in Rakhine in early September.
Amnesty appealed to the UN Security Council to urgently inform the International Criminal Court of the tragic situation in Myanmar, but the big powers that dominate the World Body, have turned a deaf ear and a blind eye, simply because the persecuted Rohingyas happen to be Muslims.
Such attitude is indeed a crime against humanity, and the Myanmar regime should be held accountable.
Meanwhile, a report released recently by the World Health Organisation (WHO on the grave situation of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, over 20 percent of the one million odd living in the camps of Cox Bazaar, are struggling with mental health issues, a grim result of the abuse and trauma suffered in Myanmar.
The statistics were shared on World Mental Health Day that is marked on 10th October every year and seeks to highlight the plight of the million odd Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, the world’s largest refugee camp.
WHO spokesperson, Catalin Bercaru, said: "In the aftermath of a crisis, one person in five (22 percent) is estimated to have depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.”
He added that the problems were increasing among affected populations, with the COVID-19 pandemic expected to have a "massive impact” on their mental well-being.
The Coronavirus pandemic has also disrupted schooling in the Rohingya refugee camps, and educators are warning of a lost generation of students as communities grapple with rising poverty, school dropouts, and teacher shortages.
The Myanmar regime led by the so-called National League for Democracy (NLD) of Suu Kyi ("the cruel woman”, to quote the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei), has repeatedly demonstrated that it does not want to improve the conditions of the Rohingya people held in open-air detention camps in Rakhine State since 2012.
These poor people are subjected to "institutional oppressions” and "grave rights violations”, according to a new report by an international rights group.
The Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in its statement last Saturday that "About 130,000 Rohingya Muslims have been confined to the camps since being displaced in a 2012 campaign of ethnic cleansing by Myanmar’s military.”
It said the Myanmar regime has created "squalid and oppressive conditions” for the Rohingya refugees that "amount to the crimes against humanity of apartheid, persecution, and severe deprivation of liberty.”
Over the past three years, reported HRW, nearly 60,000 Rohingya Muslims have been killed by Myanmar’s state forces, of which more than 34,000 Rohingya were thrown into fires to die.
In view of this dire situation, it is time to redress the worsening plight of the Rohingya Muslims. The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to lend its hand in order to resolve the conflict, no matter if the rich Arab states decide to turn a blind eye to the plight of the Rohingya Muslims.