In the Southeast Asia country of Myanmar (formerly Burma) the Buddhist majority systematically murders a Muslim minority called Rohingya. Military units cold-bloodedly massacre Muslim villages.
The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights calls it “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” An official from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum told a congressional committee that there is “mounting evidence that genocide is happening in Burma.”
Since the end of August, more than 380,000 Rohingya refugees have fled into nearby Bangladesh, where they survive in temporary tents. The Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition says:
“Burmese soldiers have destroyed over 200 Rohingya villages, slaughtered husbands in front of their wives, cut women’s throats with knives, and smashed the heads of babies in front of their mothers.”
About 88 international organizations have protested the Myanmar savagery. They uncovered a secret 1988 document of the Buddhist government titled “Rohingya Extermination Plan.” They document cases of military units sealing off villages, letting families starve and planting landmines to kill escapees.
A Slate magazine report said:
“Unspeakable brutality, enforced starvation, torture, mass rape, the slaughter of newborn infants — the litany of horrors inflicted by Myanmar’s military goes on.”
Faraway Myanmar seems remote to West Virginia — but we hope this state’s members of Congress do everything possible to oppose the horror occurring on the other side of the planet.