A people without rights: life and drama of the Rohingyas


The Rohingya people are undoubtedly the most disenfranchised people in the world, starting with their country, Myanmar (formerly Burma), of which they occupy the western region where they are kept in a situation close to genocide: threatened by prison and death, they cannot own the land they cultivate, their only means of livelihood, and they cannot even marry without the official permission required for many other private activities. 

The Muslim religion, in an officially Buddhist country, subjects them to apartheid, a real racial segregation, which keeps them isolated from the rest of the nations and legally repressed in all rights. Their only chance to free themselves from their plight is to flee to Bangladesh, the neighbouring country with which they share poverty, forced hospitality, but also a difficult refuge without alternatives. 

Washington Post correspondent Rebecca Tan managed to overcome all the difficulties and measures of isolation to which the camp is subjected and to live for two weeks with this human conglomerate where it is difficult to move among the multitude of unfortunate people who suffer from all the imaginary needs and the lack of prospects of any possibility of improving their future. The Bangladeshis provide what little help they can afford and continue to provide accommodation for the new refugees who continue to arrive clandestinely. 

Inside the camp, the only thing that is on the rise is violence. Clashes between different groups are a daily occurrence, with frequent casualties. The police, who keep the camp closed to escapees and visitors from outside, such as journalists and members of humanitarian organisations, are unable to maintain control and peace within the camp. It is easy to imagine living among a million desperate and hungry people.  

The Rohingyas are a people with an ethnic identity, with little capacity for integration, an underdeveloped culture, a Muslim religion with its own nuances and originating from a stateless territory that forces them to share authority with a different one that, far from favouring coexistence, acts against them as an oppressor. UNHCR, the UN agency responsible for the respect of human rights, has repeatedly denounced this situation and has pressed uselessly to find a solution. For the Bangladeshi government, it is untenable and the Burmese dictators refuse to accept the return to their places of origin and to improve the conditions of the people who remain in their territory under marginalisation, perhaps the harshest in the world. 

source https://atalayar.com/en/blog/people-without-rights-life-and-drama-rohingyas

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