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Toward the Protection of the Rohingya People

That 270,000 Rohingya people fleeing persecution in Myanmar, have now crossed into Bangladesh seeking protection, ought to now signal a greater global effort to ameliorate the dire conditions of these innocent people and to protect them. Their sufferings have been for far too long and unwarranted since colonial times in their struggles for a nationality and to exist as a community and as dignified members of the human race.

The explanation from Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi that her 18-month-old government apparently has not had enough time to deal with the Rohingya question is ludicrous and even more preposterous that issues of terrorism have led to the displacement of these people. As reported by the Guardian, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a friend of Aung San Suu Kyi, has written a letter to her criticizing her silence on the treatment of the Rohingya.

Yet, inaction on the ethnic cleansing by Myanmar continues upon the Rohingya. The United Nations(UN) refugee agency confirmed earlier this morning the numbers seeking safety in Bangladesh have risen 270,000 - a lot of people fleeing persecution from an army that is steep in its brutality of children, of women and of men alike.

The Rohingya people, a Muslim group, has occupied and lived in Rakhine state in Myanmar since the Seventh century. During WWII, they assisted the British with information on the movement of Japanese troops in the region and many of them were massacred for their service to freedom. After the war, they were never assisted in gaining any independence nor helped in attaining a nationality. A subsequent government in Myanmar, then Burma, continued the persecution of the Rohingya people. Now, Aung San Suu Kyi's supported government continues the generations-old persecution of the Rohingya.

Therefore, the Rohingya people, in their quest for survival, are now forced to assume their own path to ensure their survival by any means necessary. They have been betrayed and slaughtered; and in spite of some discussion by humanitarian groups for assistance in protecting the group, the Rohingya are now more than justified in fighting back against extinction in order to get their full rights to liberty, fraternity, nationality and a home. All efforts should be employed to support them.