Aung San Suu Kyi’s much anticipated address to her nation came amidst much speculation among the citizens as well as the international community, which after many warnings had cited their inability of preventing a scrutiny in Myanmar, where the Muslim minority Rohingyas were tortured and forced to flee their own nation by the Army. Suu kyi addressed the nation this Tuesday, as she had remained quiet over the matter ever since.
However, she did not mention the torture bore by the Muslim minority since ages. Many presumed that Suu Kyi broke her silence only due to international pressure, though she said that Myanmar did not fear International scrutiny, and that it is committed towards establishing peace, stability, and rule of law throughout the state. She has thus promised to initiate soon the re infiltration and registration of Rohingyas back into Myanmar.
The crackdown over the Rohingya community by the army of the state, leading to their exodus into neighboring Bangladesh and India had drawn international condemn. It is foreseen that UN intervention into the matter would not be of help.
The Rohingya refugees living in refugee camps in the Capital, expressing their opinions on Suu kyi’s national address, said that she (the leader) had only broken her silence out of fear of international action, and that there was no assurance still in her words that the Rohingya would not be tortured if they return to Myanmar.
The Muslim minority community received the address rather skeptically, and gave no hint of returning to their country. Such torture they have gone through that they would go to any corner of the world, but not return to their own country, where they were born, brought up, and have their cultural roots firmly affixed.
The community would be now expected by guest countries India and Bangladesh to move back to their home, that is, Myanmar or face deportation. This, however, should not be the way out. As almost not one Rohingya intends to return to their state.
In India, we at least have a dignified lifestyle and work permits, back home we would be treated like dogs by the majority communities and the army, Rohingyas reportedly said.
Although harsh, this is the harsh reality of the world of the Rohingyas, where people have to struggle to get even a bucketful of water to quench their family’s thirst. They would have to be fast, and lucky enough to be able to bag a bag of food, or else, there is no shortage of contenders.