Rakhines holding weapons during declaring of Act Of Law 144 inside the Sittwe town, June 2012.
Three of my friends had been trying to take photos and they got some which were sent to international media, after then all of my friends lost their lives, even I don’t know how they were killed.
(SITTWE Akyab, Myanmar) – I had learned in history that the ancient Maya people offered the blood of prisoners and slaves to their gods in order to please them by sacrificing human beings.
In this modern age, it is the first time Rakhine racists have offered the blood of Rohingya to improve their racist sentiment. When the Rakhines heard the news of Turkish delegation visiting to Myanmar, they started killing, burning, and burying Rohingya people in Kyawk Taw, Mraybun, Punna kyune, Palawa, Aen, Pauk Taw, Maunk U, Minpya, Rambray, and Maung Bawe, as if they are welcoming the delegation with the blood of Rohingya. I haven’t watched this kind of horror picture in my life, and doubt that even the most macabre directors have imagined producing anything like it.
Almost all of the media writes about what is taking place as though it were a conflict or riot between the two groups of people, Rakhine and Rohingya.
In reality there are not two groups fighting in the Rakhine State; armed and well trained Rakhines are killing unarmed Rohingya. Three months ago, State authorities took all of the Muslims’ swords through several door to door operations using security forces. They had taken not only swords but also cameras, and other digital devices too. Muslims were banned to use the Internet in all of Arakan State. Few people could use it without authorities being informed. Before you use the words riot and conflict, I would like you to focus on the following facts.
- Rohingya have been systematically persecuting by the State authority, Rakhine and Myanmar government; Rohingya have been banned to attend the schools, to travel from one place to another, to organize any kind of movement social, political, cultural or religious.
- Rohingyas’ swords and digital devices were taken; they have nothing to protect themselves.
- Rohingyas’ businesses were blocked with several restrictions; they are not allowed to buy whatever they want, they were not allowed to serve in the government infrastructure; they can not even be volunteer staff.
- Rakhine have everything; all the security forces are Rakhine, all immigration servants are Rakhine; they have well trained civil forces, they can do business whatever they want freely, there is no restriction for them.
- Three armed rebellion forces entered into Rakhine State after reconciliation with Myanmar government, which have enough weapons with them.
- Rakhine are Buddhists who are supported by Myanmar government in every aspect of their lives.
A person’s hands and legs were tied with chains, he was deprived of food for many days, when he became very weak physically and morally, another well trained person come with different types of weapons and started beating and chopping, can we consider this two people fighting?
The world needs evidence held by the Rakhine authority and Myanmar government. Three of my friends had been trying to take photos and they got some which were sent to international media, after then all of my friends lost their lives, even I don’t know how they were killed.
We are blocked by security forces and military; we don’t have a media group, and we cannot go out, how we can we find evidences for you?
Even it is very risky, we try our best to get information. Every day we are collecting information from different places through phone calls, however we don’t have enough phone prepaid cards, and we have only limited charge to call, we cant’ buy prepaid cards, it has been banned for us. Let me ask Mr. Tomas Ojea Quintana how many places could he go to observe the reality; how could he report the detailed information of 17 townships, in the Arakan State?
According to law, intentionally plans to kill a person can be a murder case; Dr. Aye Chan who thought that Rohingya are viruses to be cleaned, and President Thein Sein who wanted to deport all Rohingyas to the third countries, are the worse criminals in the World because their intention is to disappear all the Rohingyas from Arakan’s soil. If International Criminal Court can not take any action to those criminals, then how can we implement the international laws intended to protect us and what is the meaning of even having such Courts?
I had learned in the history regarding China that after the discovery of paper, Chinese kept it a secret for 200 years; they didn’t want to share that invention with humanity. I thought it was in the past, modern Chinese might be generous but I realize now that they are still selfish, they care only their benefit, they don’t care human rights and human values, as China’s investment locates in the Rakhine State, and they don’t want democracy in Myanmar.
I read about Bosnia, Libya, Iraq, Syria, and Egypt… everywhere there were arms and weapons belonging to both sides. Rohingya’s massacre is completely different from all that violence; yet it is very similar to the Spanish Moor massacre of Cordova and Granada in Spain.
After the return of Mr. Tomas Ojea Quintana, the Rakhine took revenge for his visit by killing thousands of Rohingya. The Rakhine and Myanmar government know well that the UN has a procedure to take action: The UN and international community can not take action immediately.
When the Rakhine heard the news of the Turkish delegation, they celebrated welcoming activities with Rohingyas’ blood in several townships.
I would like to ask the USA:
‘Why are you keeping silent? You entered Iraq, Afghanistan, and many other places without a UN resolution, why don’t you want to interfere in the Arakan State? Shall I accuse you of a double standard?’
I do hope the USA will try to solve the problem immediately. To maintain the democratic transition in Myanmar, US involvement is essential; otherwise the world won’t trust the US as a leader of democracy. Democracy is the best solution to solve Myanmar ethic, religious, and political issues.
Daw Aung San Su Kyi is in a trap, her members in the Rakhine Sate who are Rakhine Buddhists, are involved in the merciless ethnic killing in Rohingya.
(NOTE – I wrote this article for www.salem-news.com on 8th August 2012 and transferred it to my own website now as a record.)