By: Kayhan Int’l Staff Writer
As people around the world, especially the media, is preoccupied with the crisis in Washington, where the terrorist Trump and his clique of criminals are on rampage against all laws, whether pertaining to the US or international relations, the plight of the world’s most persecuted people shows no sign of improvement.
From bad to worse and slipping towards the worst, is the apt description of the situation of the Rohinya Muslims as they languish in substandard refugees camps in neighbouring countries, mostly in Bangladesh which hosts 1.2 million of these displaced men, women, and children.
Cox Bazaar holds the largest number of Rohingya refugees who are uncertain of their future because of the failure of the UN and the big powers to pressure the regime of Myanmar to ends its genocide and allow return of the displaced people to their destroyed homes and hearths.
"That most cruel woman” (to quote appropriate remarks of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, while referring to Aung Sang Suu Kyi), who returned to power in November 2020 through the dubious elections held in Myanmar, is still refusing to restore to the Rohingyas their revoked citizenship and voting rights.
Her hatred for Myanmar’s persecuted Muslim community defies all logic including her pretensions to democracy.
It is said that decades ago while studying in Britain Aung was attracted to a Pakistani student, who is said ended the relationship before returning to his homeland.
He may have considered any idea of marriage with a Burmese Buddhist as a mismatch that won’t go well with Pakistan’s traditional Muslim society.
Whatever the reason Aung, although she married Englishman Dr. Michael Aries in 1972 (died in 1999), felt like a jilted lover and developed an intense hatred of Muslims, a feeling that found fertile ground to develop back home in military-ruled Myanmar where the regime had launched genocide of the Royingyas.
Despite her so-called democratic credentials and her rise to power in Myanmar with the support of the West, she feels no inhibitions in ending the persecution of her Muslim compatriots.
The Rohingyas are thus trapped in a situation where their hopes to return to their homeland have been dashed.
Myanmar is facing genocide charges at the International Court of Justice for its crimes against the Rohingya Muslims, but this has not softened the stone-hearted Aung, who keeps backtracking on the promises of her government to the UN for return of the refugees.
As a result, the 1.2-million-plus Rohingyas in Bangladesh have no choice but to continue their survival in squalid camps away from home.
Last month, Dhaka started relocating Rohingyas to a remote island in the Bay of Bengal. So far, at least 3,500 people have been transported to Bhasan Char, an island said to be flood-prone.
The move has been criticized by the international community, which has urged Bangladesh to halt it until a study is done on the habitability of the island.
Bangladesh has its own economic woes and considers the refugees as a burden, especially in view of the inadequate international aid to cope with their situation.
Unfortunately, the lack of unity among Muslim countries is also one of the reasons for the unending plight of the Rohingya refugees.
For instance, the oil-rich Persian Gulf Arab states prefer to bomb Yemen and kill fellow Arab Muslims through the use of scores of billions of dollars of weaponry supplied by the West, when a fraction of this huge amount could redress the woes of both Bangladesh and the Myanmar Muslims.
Moreover, these countries which are Arab and Muslim in name only, have now openly established relations with the archenemy of Islam – the illegal Zionist entity – by backstabbing the Palestinian people and gifting the occupied Islamic city of Bayt al-Moqaddas to the Israeli usurpers.
All this means, there seems to be no end in sight for the plight of the Planet’s most persecuted people.