August 25, 2019

 Rohingya Genocide Remembrance Day

Rohingya Muslim are one of the minorities of Myanmar. We are ethnically Rohingya. Rohingya have been in Myanmar for decades as indigenous people and were government servants.

For years our Rohingya people were persecuted. Nowadays the government of Myanmar is denying our ethnic identity. The Myanmar government is trying destroy our existence.

On 25th August 2017, the Myanmar authorities and the Myanmar military committed genocide and crimes against humanity against the Rohingya people. They burned our villages, madrasas, and mosques; murdered over 34,000 Rohingya including babies; and raped Rohingya women and girls. More than 700,000 Rohingya fled from their original homeland to neighboring Bangladesh to safety.

August 25 is an unforgettable day for the Rohingya community, as this was the day that the Myanmar government destroyed everything we know and have. Today is a crucial day for the international community to learn about the situation of Rohingya victims. Today, we are sharing our story with Bangladesh, Myanmar, the United Nations, the International Criminal Court, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, and the rest of the international community. The Rohingya people have a right to enjoy peace and safety. We want to see urgent action to see perpetrators of the genocide brought to justice.

Rohingya are hungry for peace and justice. We do not want to remain refugees forever. We have been victimized many times throughout history. We can all live together peacefully if Rohingya get equal rights. We are looking to go back to our native homeland as soon as possible with dignity and restored citizenship rights.

Rohingya did exist in Myanmar country before independence from the British in 1948. U Nu was officially announced Muslims who are living in northern Rakhine State and are one of the ethnic groups in Myanmar. He also distributed Citizenship Cards mentioning the term Rohingya.

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