I have been talking about and expressing my concerns about the plight of the Rohingya ethnic minority of Myanmar (Burma). See Rohingya: The world’s most persecuted minority . This people face a lot of difficulty which amount to a ‘humanitarian crises’.
Ruk and Kun Suma were born five minutes apart on March 27 in a camp for displaced Rohingya in Rakhine State, a northwestern province of Myanmar. Their mother, an emaciated 40 year old woman named Noor Begun, suffers from tuberculosis and is unable to breastfeed them. The family cannot afford milk either. For the first two weeks of their lives, Ruk and Kuma received only cheap coffee creamer from the tip of Noor’s fingers. The twins need urgent medical care to survive, but there are no medical doctors stationed in the nine overcrowded camps near Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State, where more than 75,000 internally displaced persons live.
Noor Alam was a one year old boy who died on April 6 in the
Ohn Taw Gyi camp near Sittwe .
“He woke up with diarrhoea one day, and was dead the next night,” his mother said. There was
nothing we could do, as we haven’t seen a doctor here for many days.” Now she worries that the same fate could await her three year old son, Sayed Noor, who, like many others in the camp, suffers the same condition as Noor Alam . Hadija
said the cause of her children’s illness is the shortage of drinkable water.
Since the explosion of violence in June 2012 between the Rohingya Muslim minority and the Rakhine Buddhist majority that left 140 dead, entire villages razed to the ground and at least 140,000 IDPs, most of them Muslims, the Rohingya living in the camps have relied on aid provided by international agencies. In early March, Myanmar’s government decided to expel Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) from Rakhine State after the NGO declared it had treated 22 people in the remote Maungdaw region who were injured in beatings and knife attacks. At least 40 Rohingya had been killed there by Rakhine mobs and Burmese security forces in January, according to the UN and human rights groups . The Myanmar government, which has not allowed independent observers to access the area, forcefully denies the attacks took place.
The Rohingya were rendered stateless by a citizenship law passed in 1982 and have since been the victims of crimes against humanity at the hand of
Myanmar’s government and local
authorities. The expulsion of MSF deprived 750,000 people, including Buddhist Rakhines but
mostly Rohingyas, of virtually any
healthcare and has led to dozens, if not hundreds, of deaths. The situation got worse a month later when mobs of infuriated Rakhines attacked the offices of several aid agencies in Sittwe, after a worker from Malteser International took down a Buddhist flag from the organisation’s office. About 150
international workers from Malteser and other organisations were evacuated from Rakhine, and have not yet returned.
I really do not understand why the Government of Myanmar will ask independent international aid organizations that are genuinely assisting victims of violence and displacement, to leave. The Government has so far being unable to provide security, aid or assistance to the minority Muslim Rohingya; they know about all the atrocities and human rights violation that are committed against these people, yet do or say nothing about it. The aid organizations that now talk about these or take action are being expelled from the country because the Government doesn’t want these issues to receive publicity. This is so dismal and sad.