While the World's media focus attention on Burma's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi meeting Bono of U2 a little known tragedy has engulfed Burma's Muslim minority Rohingya community who are being massacred by so called peace loving pacifist Buddhists.
The Rohingya Muslims who date back to before the Mughals lived in an Independent kingdom Arkan now Rakhine in Western Burma before as usual the British messed things up granting independence to a number of colonies leading to Rakhine's integration into the new state of Burma. The history is complex and what sparked this latest round of bloody killings is murky involving the rape of a Buddhist girl however, the BBC try and provide a historical background.
While there is no doubt the Rohingyas have been persecuted by Burma's military and Buddhist majority what is equally shocking is how the Muslim world have ignored the plight of our fellow Muslims. The shocking example here and here of authorities in Bangladesh pushing boats of Rohingya refugees away while they escape persecution is appalling and shameful. Even worse, when they have managed to escape persecution they are treated like second class citizens in Malaysia who refuse them access to schools and health care.
The United Nations have described the Rohingya as a persecuted religious and linguistic minority from Western Burma and highlight how over 90,000 have been displaced by the violence. Sadly what makes this tragedy even worse is how Muslims have turned a blind eye to the persecution and in the case of Bangladesh and Malaysia appear to have contributed to the suffering.
**Update** The fleeing Rohingya Refugess are coming under Helicopter fire from Bangladesh