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Azeem Ibrahim: A Preview To The Next Genocide Of Our Time

Writing in the Islamic Monthly, author Azeem Ibrahim discusses the reality of the genocide beign perpetrated against the Rohingya people.

“This magazine has published at length articles about the situation of the Rohingya people of Myanmar. According to the U.N., they are the most persecuted minority in the world at the moment. But awareness of their issue by the international community is uneven. A number of U.N. agencies and global NGOs are monitoring the situation very closely and have been vocal advocates on behalf of the group. Yet in an international news agenda dominated by the affairs of the U.S., China and Russia, as well as the rising tide of Islamist violence in the Middle East and worldwide, the “internal affairs” of a country like Myanmar, which has never really been in the international spotlight, is not something likely to capture global attention. Even when the issue did come to the fore in the spring of 2015, the international media presented it as the South E­­ast Asia migration crisis, but the underlying causes of the migration — the desperate conditions that Rohingya face in the country of their birth — were largely glossed over.

I am publishing a book about the Rohingya. My main finding is that they face a slow-motion genocide. And it is at this exact moment in time that this issue needs to be brought to the attention of the international community. This slow-motion genocide may tip over into a complete massacre at the slightest trigger. In the coming months, there will be an abundance of possible triggers. This time, we need the international community to act pre-emptively. If it buries its head in the sand on this, we will have another Rwanda on our hands. There is solid evidence that a full-blown genocide is imminent and that the world’s leading powers would rather pretend this problem does not exist — just like they did with past genocides.”

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