Sir: Apparently it seems that the Myanmar government is pursuing the policy of persecution against the Rohingya Muslims. Otherwise how could it order suspending Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) or Doctors without Borders’ services in the violence-hit Rakhine state? MSF has been running a historic healthcare operation in Rakhine by treating tens of thousands of Rohingya fleeing violence and displaced not only from every corner of Rakhine but from Bangladesh and Thailand as well. The Rohingya are not provided treatment in government-run hospitals and clinics. The Myanmar government might have felt anguish on the MSF’s position to come forward and help the dying population.
This is like if you don't like the message, shoot the messenger. Instead of taking action against those responsible for the massacre, the government has chosen to clamp down on the organization providing humanitarian services.
One wonders at the absence of the opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, at this crucial time. Perhaps she has forgotten how the entire world had stood behind her to support her struggle against military dictatorship. The silence of the west is equally intriguing and worrisome. Forgetting about harnessing the Myanmar market and its energy potential, the US and its European allies must come forward and ‘actually’ restrain the humanitarian crisis unleashed on the Rohingya Muslims. The UN has already declared the Rohingya one of the most persecuted minorities in the world, then why the inaction to confront the Myanmar government?
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