Join us for a noon conversation over lunch this coming Thursday. Bring your own packed lunch, and pizza will be provided as well. Spend a quality break time as we learn about Rohingya from Memuna Moolla.
Myanmar, previously called Burma, is made up of more than 135 minority groups. The largest group, represented by the Bamar, make up about 66% of the population and reside in mainly central Burma.
Ever since the country became independent in 1948, the ethnic groups which live in the states which share borders with adjacent countries rebelled against the Burmese government, stating that they were not receiving equal rights and therefore desired autonomy. In 1962 there was a military coup, the democratic government was overthrown and a military dictatorship took control of the country. There was a reclassification of citizenship into various categories which limited the rights of some of the ethnic minorities, particularly the Rohingya, Rakhine Muslims, living in the state of Rakhine which shared a border with Bangladesh. There was a further reclassification in 1982 where the rights of citizenship were entirely stripped of this particular group. For the past decades they have experienced periodic dehumanization in its most atrocious form resulting in the exodus of thousands into adjacent countries.
The world has mostly remained inactive and oblivious to these atrocities until recently, when the magnitude of both the brutal oppression, and the exodus of hundreds of thousands into mainly Bangladesh, became viral on social media. The United Nations has classified this as textbook ethnic cleansing, and other human rights organizations have declared it to be genocide.
This event aims to make young people aware of the tragedy that is unfolding before us and to do our part as responsible, caring human beings to do anything we can to help such as bringing awareness.