THE FORGOTTEN PEOPLE
The so called leaders of our Ummah, ie, the Petro-Dollar rich Gulf States, should be a little more active you would believe? Instead of bombing fellow Muslims in Yemen, Syria, Libya, or create proxy armies of barbarians (ISIS), they should instead try to invest a little of that huge chunk of wealth to these unfortunate Rohingyas, or at least voice there concern to there masters in Washington to pressure Burma… Instead we are directing our attention to why Bangladesh is not doing more to help, a country size of the US state of New Jersey, hosting 160 million inhabitants (8th largest in the world), finally breaking free from the shackles of poverty.
Bangladesh is already hosting approximately 800,000 Rohingya refugee’s since 1978, But is it just that our morality is going to be taken by our neighbour as our weakness, and the world community would expect us to sit back again and again. Bangladesh is no longer a weakling to be pushed around by any bully.
As much as it breaks our heart to see any human being in such peril, let alone our close next door neighbour, but we did our part, actually we did more than our part. Its time the international community, if there is any to take some responsibility as well.
And the vast exaggeration of Bengali migrants are a common ploy by Myanmar government to deny any right to these poor people, so it is expected that they will call every one of them Bengali. And the poor hapless people running away from genocide by there own government, by there own law enforcement, denied citizenship right of there own country are left with no other option but to also claim that they are Bengali, at least calling themselves Bengali, they are guaranteed a counsellor service, which there own government are refusing to give them, so who wants to be in a limbo like that?
It is well-known that the Rohingyas are persecuted in their own country. They flee from Myanmar and take shelter in Bangladesh and other countries for security and livelihood. Under such circumstances, why should Bangladeshis claim to be Rohingyas and face the same dreadful consequences? It sounds strange in view of the experiences of many Rohingyas who were arrested in many countries.
It is understandable why Rohingyas are so desperate to leave Myanmar and settle in other countries, but why Bangladeshis? They are not stateless. There is no persecution against them. Why should Bangladeshis leave Bangladesh so desperately and in such large numbers? These questions cast doubts on the actual number of Bangladeshis among the people on the boat.
Ehsan Abdullah is an aware citizen
JUNE 01, 2015