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    Gunfire and explosions crackle in the hills. Plumes of smoke from burning villages streak the monsoon-grey sky. Refugees fleeing for their lives are pouring into Bangladesh over the Myanmar border as the conflict between Myanmar security forces and Rohingya militias escalates and risks spiralling into a humanitarian disaster.

    'We die or they die': Rohingya insurgency sparks fresh violence in Myanmar

    The refugees say their villages are being raided and burned. They tell stories of the indiscriminate killing of civilians at the hands of security forces and Buddhist nationalists. Since 25 August, more than 18,500 Rohingya, a largely Muslim ethnic group, have fled into Bangladesh from Rakhine state. However, UN sources say they believe the true figure is closer to 28,000. And Bangladeshi aid workers claimed on Saturday that 70,000 – almost 10% of the Rohingya population – had crossed in less than 24 hours. “This is a new dimension,” said Adil Sakhawat, a journalist with the Dhaka Tribune.
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    Very disturbing reports, and the Nobel prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi appears to be complicit in what seems to amount to ethnic cleansing and genocide.
    The United Irishman. Updated 5/2/14

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    Heard on TV a claim by a government official that the Rohingya are rebels trying to overthrow the gummint. Seems implausible because (A) there are just 1M Rohingya in a population of 50M, with about 100 different ethnic groups, and (B) if they were trying to overthrow the gummint, we'd likely have heard of some atrocities they had perpetrated.

    A year or two ago Aung San was asked directly to condemn violence against the Rohingya, and she pointedly refused to do so.



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    Yup, the much feted Nobel Peace Prize winning Aung San Suu Kyi is apparently a particularly nasty piece of work quite capable of genocide.

    Modi in India is made of similar material.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaadi View Post
    Yup, the much feted Nobel Peace Prize winning Aung San Suu Kyi is apparently a particularly nasty piece of work quite capable of genocide.

    Modi in India is made of similar material.
    +1 Aung San Suu Kyi is off my guest list for dinner. She waa there for a long time. However, reading the history of her political genesis does indicate a tendency to Burmese nationalism. The Rohinga have never been legitimised, that majority are born in Myanmar.

    Her excuse is the military control what is happening, the reality is that she is reacting to her own constituency.

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    Wonder will Bono write a song about the plight of the Rohingya?

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    Where are the jihadis and the Muslim nations? They don't seem to give a fiddle about these particular Muslims.
    The United Irishman. Updated 5/2/14

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saoirse go Deo View Post
    Where are the jihadis and the Muslim nations? They don't seem to give a fiddle about these particular Muslims.
    Fair point.
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    The Rohinga are outliers, they came originally from East Pakistan, now Bangladesh. Until the recent changes bringing in Mme Suu Kyi, they were just ignored by the Burmese military as long as they stayed where they were. A small group of young people started making noise a few years ago. They are hardly jihadists, and probably unknown to the hard men in Syria. Might change now that the subject has legs.

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    I just read the wiki entry on it. The Burmese state seems to have an issue with them as they view them as colonial settlers brought by the British from British India. The Rohingya claim there has been migrations for centuries preceding British rule.

    There was a similar expulsion in the 1980's. A good question on the jihadis and other Muslim countries. As barry says they are relatively unknown....could it also be that jihadis are also very western focused? Apparently a minority of Rohingya are Hindu as well.

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    Over two hundred and fifty thousand people have now fled Myanmar... no definite figure on the amount murdered.
    The United Irishman. Updated 5/2/14

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