The Underexposed Hindu-Rohingyas Crisis

The Rohingya Crisis has been covered in great lengths, yet there has been considerable negligence in covering the state of Hindu-Rohingya refugees.

The Rohingya crisis began in the Rakhine state of Myanmar which is situated on its west coast. It all began in 1982 when Myanmar passed the controversial Burmese Citizenship Law which stripped eight ethnicities off their citizenship. Violence broke out in 1991, although out of the 30,000 families affected only 6 were Hindus, the numbers have risen dramatically in the past few years.

Amongst the Hindu refugees living a kilometre away from the gates to the largest refugee camp in Bangladesh, most of them are women and children since a large number of men lost their lives in the mass massacres that took place in the Hindu neighbourhood of Fakirabazar, Riktapur and Chikonchhari in Maungdaw. The essential reason why the camps of the two religions are different is that even though the two religious communities lived in a harmony in Myanmar, due to recent developments, there has been intensification in the tension between the two communities thus if a conflict is to break in the refugee camp the state would not be able to protect the Hindu-Rohingyas as they are a minority.

A report elucidates how ARSA members on 26 August 2017 attacked the Hindu village of Ah Nauk Kha Maung Seik.

“In this brutal and senseless act, members of ARSA captured scores of Hindu women, men and children and terrorised them before slaughtering them outside their own villages,” the report said.

Hindu survivors told Amnesty they either saw relatives being killed or heard their screams.

One woman from the village of Ah Nauk Kha Maung Seik said: “They slaughtered the men. We were told not to look at them … They had knives. They also had some spades and iron rods. … We hid ourselves in the shrubs there and were able to see a little … My uncle, my father, my brother – they were all slaughtered.”

There has even been found a mass grave of Hindu-Rohingya in two pits in the northern state of Rakhine.

The conflict between the Hindus and Muslim was sparked because of Hindu-Rohingyas having green card citizenship which puts them in a privileged position as they can study in state-sponsored universities and get government jobs as well as get treatment in government-run hospitals.

Hindu-Rohingyas are in a state of complex confusion as on their official documents their Race is spelt out to be Indian, which implies that they are Indian citizens, yet India doesn’t recognise them as Indian citizens since they’ve been living as members of the state of Myanmar for generations that have come and gone.

This leaves them stateless,  living in adverse conditions in the refugee camps.

Photo by Shifaaz Shamoon via Unsplash

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