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British Should Pay Responsible for the Rohingya Crisis

We are witnessing these days the largest refugee crisis since WW II, as
approximately over 50 million refugees roam the planet in searching of a safe place
to live. While most people are concerning on the middle east issues, there are still
somewhere people won’t care about that are now suffers huge refugee crisis and
perhaps “ethnicity cleansing”.
In Myanmar, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have been forced to
flee from their homes. The Rohingya people, who have their own language and
culture, are descendants of Muslim traders who have lived in the region for
The Rohingya have been living in those lands for over two hundred years, but
resentment over the internal displacement of Buddhists stems back to 1820s when
Britain annexed the part of Myanmar where most Rohingya Muslims live today. A lot
of Bengali Muslims arrived to become workers for the British, but it is not the
colonists who are blamed for this in today's nationalist narrative, but the
descendants of these migrant workers.
Similarities with Bangladeshi communities is natural due to Myanmar’s
neighboring is Bangladesh: in fact, the secession of these areas and the
implementation of borders were a product of colonial rule. The British had actually
promised independence to the Rohingya during the war with Japan, though the
promise was subsequently denied, this predicting the escalating tensions between
the Rohingya and other Burmese ethnic communities, like Rakhine, who are actually
the aboriginals in this area and are with tensions with both Rohingya and
Myanmarese now. Some Rohingyas even asked for the official to be included into
East Pakistan (now known as Bangladesh) during the partition of British south asia.
Condemnation of the brutal campaign of ethnic cleansing being carried out against
the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar is spreading around the world, with the Dalai
Lama, the Pope, Nobel Laureates and world leaders from many nations calling for an
end to hostilities. There is no easy way to end the suffering there, but it is emergent
that the world speaks out as one against such brutality. Yet being the colonist, the UK
government's voice has barely been heard at all. Of all the countries that should be
playing a role in protecting the vulnerable Muslim minorities in Myanmar, the UK
should be leading efforts, as blame for the conflict in those lands is very easily
traceable back to British Colonial times. Even without knowing the dark secrets of
British involvement, people are horrified about what is happening in Myanmar, with
hundreds of thousands of people forced from their homes by violent acts, either led
by or with help from the army and stories of rapes and murder commonplace,
alongside the dramatic footage of burning villages released from internets.
The destruction of an ethnic group is genocide and the continual indifference by
the international communities only enables and legitimises Myanmar's violence. If
the UK and other western countries do not tackle this problem and condemn the
attacks on a Muslim minorities, this inaction will again be seized upon as evidence of
the West's hatred of Islam by extremists with another agenda, such as ISIS.