The Rohingya exodus into Bangladesh has now exceeded half a million with approx half of those being children. At this rate, we can expect the entire Rohingya population to be ethnically cleansed by the end of the year. One of the most reported aspects of this crisis in the international media has been the puzzling response of the leader of the country, the long-loved global icon, Aung San Suu Kyi. It would seem we are still finding personalities and personality politics easier to process than the actually important aspects of such a humanitarian catastrophe. But since we are here, let us unpick this riddle. Why is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate so casually presiding over de facto ethnic cleansing in her newly ‘democratic’ country?
A duty to speak out
She may not have chosen to cleanse the Rohingya from the country herself, but she doesn’t terribly mind if that were to come to pass.
Dr. Azeem Ibrahim