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The Rohingya Crisis: A People Facing Extinction quotes The Rohingya Crisis: A People Facing Extinction, litcharts The Rohingya Crisis: A People Facing Extinction, symbolism The Rohingya Crisis: A People Facing Extinction, summary shmoop The Rohingya Crisis: A People Facing Extinction, The Rohingya Crisis: A People Facing Extinction c5725711 Widely Known As The World S Most Persecuted Minority Group, The Rohingya In Myanmar Are Now Facing Extinction Denied Citizenship Rights, Denied Their Very Ethnic Identity, Hundreds Of Thousands Have Fled Rakhine State In Myanmar Over The Border Into Bangladesh, Where They Face Squalid Conditions Many Have Witnessed Death, Mutilation And Rape, As Well As Whole Villages, What They Called Home, Burning To Ashes Leading British Muslim Fi Gure Muhammad Abdul Bari Has No Doubt That What The Rohingya Have Been Subject To, Is GenocideIn This Concise But Powerfully Argued Book, He Brings To Light The Scale And Barbarity Of Their Suff Ering And Argues That The International Community, Through The UN, Must Ensure Their Full Repatriation With Full Citizen Rights To Their Homeland


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  1. says:

    A concise and informative history of the Rohingya, an evidence based denunciation of Myanmar s ethnic cleansing campaign, and an impassioned plea for recognition and human rights for the Rohingya.Before reading this book, I knew littleabout the Rohingya than that something awful was happening to them and that it had to do with Myanmar, wherever that is I should be ashamed of myself I know.Instead of relieving my shame, this book has increased it I am ashamed of what some of humanity is A concise and informative history of the Rohingya, an evidence based denunciation of Myanmar s ethnic cleansing campaign, and an impassioned plea for recognition and human rights for the Rohingya.Before reading this book, I knew littleabout the Rohingya than that something awful was happening to them and that it had to do with Myanmar, wherever that is I should be ashamed of myself I know.Instead of relieving my shame, this book has increased it I am ashamed of what some of humanity is capable of doing, and what the rest of humanity is content to allow to happen.This 69 page book offers a concise and informative introduction to the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya by the state of Myanmar Since August of last year,than 10,000 Rohingya have been killed, andthan half a million people have fled across the border to Bangladesh Evendisturbing than the scale of the crisis is the lack of awareness about it.Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is located in Southeast Asia on the Indian Ocean between Bangladesh and Thailand The Rohingya are a group of Muslims who have lived in their ancestral homelands of Arakan now known as Rakhine, and located in the northern part of Myanmar since the eighth century Myanmar refuses to acknowledge the status of the Rohingya as a people with a history in Rakhine State, instead insisting that they are Bangladeshi immigrants who should return to Bangladesh The government has gone so far as to refuse to use the word Rohingya to describe them using Bengal instead.The nine succcinct chapters in Abdul Bari s book cover the origin of the Arakanese Muslims how Arakan thrived before colonialism colonialism and its aftermath Myanmar s actions against the Rohingya rape and crimes against women and children the definition of genocide and an analysis of whether the Rohingya are the vicitms of genocide geopolitical factors affecting support of Myanmar, the Rohingya, and others in the region other factors andsolutions.The author, Muhammad Abdul Bari, grew up in Bangladesh and went to university not far from the border with Myanmar He first learned about the Rohingya as an Air Force officer in 1982 when he saw Cox s Bazar a massive refugee camp in southeast Bangladesh near the border As a Bangladeshi, he feels that it is his responsibility to help raise awareness.A few points that stuck with me are the failure of Bangladesh to help resolve the crisis, the historical role of colonialism and as a result Britain s responsibility to the region, and the fact that the Myanmarese government refuses to allow the UN or other international organizations to conduct an investigation They have conducted their own investigation and found no evidence of systemic violence against the Rohingya people The clear writing and careful organization of this book make a complicated topic easily digestible The maps, which I desperately needed in a work such as this one, unfortunately lacked labels Even when the title in the caption named the regions, cities, or bodies of water in the map, labels repeated on the map itself would have confirmed my guesses as to exactly what I was looking at I m simply not familiar enough with that area of the world to be sure otherwise.I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to knowabout the history of the Rohingya and the current situation I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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    This book is like a university essay, and a bad one at that It references Wikipedia It is incredibly repetitive given its very short length There are inappropriate exclamation marks strewn throughout it Some of the writing is unclear or doesn t make sense It drifts back and forth between arguments with little flow, and at times steps completely outside of the context of the Rohingya crisis to start giving recommendations about humanitarian response, which I m not sure is his area of experti This book is like a university essay, and a bad one at that It references Wikipedia It is incredibly repetitive given its very short length There are inappropriate exclamation marks strewn throughout it Some of the writing is unclear or doesn t make sense It drifts back and forth between arguments with little flow, and at times steps completely outside of the context of the Rohingya crisis to start giving recommendations about humanitarian response, which I m not sure is his area of expertise and gets away from the focus of the book In short, this book desperately needs a good editor as the author s writing is not up to scratch I imagine it was rushed out given the context of the situation in Myanmar Bangladesh Maybe just read this instead the plus side, I did come away with some new information about the Rohingya I didn t have before


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    The book is researched, documented essay on the Rohingya Crisis that is reaching epic proportions in these times.That this book is a essay is the strength and also a weakness This short book brings to highlight the origin, rise and then fall of the ethnic group known as Rohingyas, their systematic ethnic cleansing, the political moves to even erase their identityThe book also brings to highlight the lack of any serious attempt by the international community to put pressure on the Myanmar govern The book is researched, documented essay on the Rohingya Crisis that is reaching epic proportions in these times.That this book is a essay is the strength and also a weakness This short book brings to highlight the origin, rise and then fall of the ethnic group known as Rohingyas, their systematic ethnic cleansing, the political moves to even erase their identityThe book also brings to highlight the lack of any serious attempt by the international community to put pressure on the Myanmar government to put a stop to this genocide especially by those in power to do so Only some lone voices are bringing to light this issue lone but powerful voices.Though this is a very good attempt at the issue, the essay type of writing lacks the punch that hits straight in the eye I received this book as part of the review program through BookTasters


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    In 1991, a committee in Stockholm announced that the Nobel Peace Prize for that year was for Aung San Suu Kyi, for her non violent struggle for democracy and human rights in her home country of Myanmar former Burma She was kept on house arrest by the military after challenging the powers at play in her country that maintained a firm grip on democracy and freedom of its civilians After her release in 2010, she resumed her political career with the National League for Democracy and in 2016 b In 1991, a committee in Stockholm announced that the Nobel Peace Prize for that year was for Aung San Suu Kyi, for her non violent struggle for democracy and human rights in her home country of Myanmar former Burma She was kept on house arrest by the military after challenging the powers at play in her country that maintained a firm grip on democracy and freedom of its civilians After her release in 2010, she resumed her political career with the National League for Democracy and in 2016 became the prime minister of Myanmar the de facto leader Her win brought hope to the international community, especially those that were pleading for the stopping of the Myanmar military persecution of its Muslims minority, the Rohingya But, as Muhammad Abdul Bari explains in his new book, The Rohingya Crisis A People Facing Extinction, San Suu Kyi hasn t done anything and worse, the Rohingya are facing genocide by their own country Abdul Bari s book is short but a detailly told account on how one of Myanmar oldest minorities is being persecuted, killed, rape and even chased outside their homes and their country He takes a good look at the excuses of the Myanmar government on persecuting the Rohingya and draws a picture of its main authors Abdul Bari s makes it clear from the start on how these atrocities by the military are not new, how Nationalist monks have played a key role and how Aung San Suu Kyu s silence is a revelation on where she stands on this issue The book does a great job debunking the first myth of the Rohingya being Bengal immigrants and explains the arrival of Muslim civilians to the Burmese kingdom As Abdul Bari explains, Muslims arrived in what was then the independent kingdom of Arakan now Rakhine as long ago as in the eight centauries, around the time when the Vikings visited Britain in 789 CE He then goes to explain the power of those that have shaped Burma, but have forgotten about their Muslim minorities, even when a new constitution was drawn in 1947 As Abdul Bari stated, the Rohingya are stateless in Myanmar Abdul Bari then points to those who have been silent, like the United Nations and those who are igniting the fire on the Myanmar Buddhist majority One example is that of Buddhist monk, Ashin Wirathu, who supported the plan of previous Myanmar president Thein Sein on resettling the Rohingya in other countries Although Buddhism is always associated with peace, in Myanmar, such groups have taken a nationalistic stance that has played a big role in the de humanization of Rohingya people In an article by The Guardian, Michael Safi explain the role that Facebook played on this slow moving genocide Evidence of the spike emerged after the platform was accused of playing a key role in the spread of hate speech in Myanmar at a time when 650,000 Rohingya refugees were forced to flee to Bangladesh following persecution Abdul Bari then takes aim at the leader of Myanmar, and the former face of peace of the international community, Aung San Suu Kyi The role of Suu Kyi is ironic in the whole Rohingya saga As a champion of democracy who suffered under military rule in the past, the international community expected she would bring, or at least make a serious effort to bring, a fresh air of ethical politics to Myanmar However, she remained elusive on the continued suffering and violations of human rights endured by the Rohingya minority and made no attempt whatsoever to redress their plight After detailing the main corrupters of the so call democracy of Myanmar, Abdul Bari goes on to describe the atrocities that the Rohingya are suffering From rape to homes being burned, to massive exodus to their neighbour country, Bangladesh What s most astonishing is the hopelessness that the Rohingya face with the moves of giant powers like China, India and the US for a piece of the pie of Myanmar None of these countries seem to have any rush to help the Muslim minority of Myanmar, the closest that is has gotten was this month when Vice President Mike Pence demanded Aung San Suu Kyi to release two journalist that have been kept captive for releasing information concerning the abuse of the military towards the Rohingya San Suu Kyi yelled at the VP, saying that they leaked top secret information Abdul Bari accounts is an eye opening account on how the world has turned a blind eye while a Nobel Laureate alongside the military embarked on a genocide Cases like those of the Bosnian Muslims or the Rwanda genocide has thought us that history tends to judge those who play a role in such cruel acts, but what about the present At this moment, over 800,000 Rohingya sheltering in Bangladesh anddeath tolls keep pilling up Can the world stand still seeing such horrendous acts Bari s account is a cry for help and a tour of knowledge for those that haven t received the message


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    This book takes place in the ground of what is actually Myanmar In front of the Indian sea and having as neighbors the countries of Thailand, Laos, India, China, and Bangladesh Myanmar is historically a land of passage and mixture of cultures and religions and the dynamic grounds of commercial trades because OF the access to the sea Rohingya Crisis A people facing extinction, tells the story of the Rohingya people, A muslim organized society whose origins go back up to the eighth century Th This book takes place in the ground of what is actually Myanmar In front of the Indian sea and having as neighbors the countries of Thailand, Laos, India, China, and Bangladesh Myanmar is historically a land of passage and mixture of cultures and religions and the dynamic grounds of commercial trades because OF the access to the sea Rohingya Crisis A people facing extinction, tells the story of the Rohingya people, A muslim organized society whose origins go back up to the eighth century This, as many other civilizations in that region, WAS ruled under the greediness of imperial countries such as France, Dutchland or Britain Here, the british ruled forthan a century 1826 1948 Maybe this is the starting point of the actual crisis surrounding these people As the british were an empire, they permitted the arrival of new ethnic groups that started to put pressure on the less protected groups, like the Rohingya, who since then had experienced cultural, political and economic segregation, to the point of being named as stateless and forced to flee to other countries to escape gradual annihilation.Burma Myanmar today gained independence in 1948, but during this last half century, the situation of the Rohingya people has deteriorated to the point of being totally chased from their original land They have escaped by thousands to the border with Bangladesh, where they live in infrahuman conditions in refugee camps.Today, the Rohingya are still in crisis Despite the efforts of the international community through the ACNUR and ONU, their situation is fragile and uncertain Myanmar is governed by a military dictatorship that makes evendifficult any kind of international agreement to help THESE people that might disappear if the international organizations arent t able set up together a plan to stop this genocide in this part of the world.The Rohingya Crisis A People Facing Extintion Is a dramatic and sad true story Profusely documented and well explained by M Abdul Bari, it gives a deep view of the origin and actual situation of this people, who are struggling every day to survive


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    In a post colonial, globalized world, especially after events such as 9 11 and its subsequent war on terror, it can be easy for one to look the other way when it comes to prejudices and mistreatment of certain minorities, especially those regarding the Muslim faith or Arab race As a community it is imperative that this new post modern world does not allow it to be so.This book provides a well researched account of the political and socioeconomic events that led to the ostracizing, exile and pot In a post colonial, globalized world, especially after events such as 9 11 and its subsequent war on terror, it can be easy for one to look the other way when it comes to prejudices and mistreatment of certain minorities, especially those regarding the Muslim faith or Arab race As a community it is imperative that this new post modern world does not allow it to be so.This book provides a well researched account of the political and socioeconomic events that led to the ostracizing, exile and potential genocide of the Rohyngia people, a people that has suffered under the rule of its own country, particularly after World War 2 and its effects Ultranationalism, religious persecution and racism have led to one of the largest refugee crisis in the world, one that must be stopped and solved in as little time as possible.The crisis in Rakhine is documented in this short, but well researched account, which provides links to it s sources as well as maps to better understand the situation Although I cannot personally agree with some of the observations and conclusions made by the author, in part because I myself am not well read enough to make any claims on certain matters, the facts remain facts and must not be ignored under any circumstance.This book is a call to action, and with its proceeds going to charity and education of the children of the affected book it is important that one does not let it slip them by with closed ears


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    The Rohingya Crisis A People Facing Extinction by Muhammad Abdul Bari is a must read for anyone who cares about social justice and the whereabouts of our modern day world This short book is yet another pledge for the international community to take action against the morally abhorrent crimes that the Rohingya people has been subjected to Authorities, politicians and leaders have turned their backs on them so maybe it depends upon us ordinary citizens to spread awareness about this urgent ma The Rohingya Crisis A People Facing Extinction by Muhammad Abdul Bari is a must read for anyone who cares about social justice and the whereabouts of our modern day world This short book is yet another pledge for the international community to take action against the morally abhorrent crimes that the Rohingya people has been subjected to Authorities, politicians and leaders have turned their backs on them so maybe it depends upon us ordinary citizens to spread awareness about this urgent matter That s why taking some time to read this comprehensive yet concise recount of the genocidal violence the Rohingyas have suffered, as well as the context surrounding it, is crucial.In 69 pages, this book a good historical and political background to the challenges Rohingyas are currently facing, and raises a question most of us might be uncomfortable to answer Are we actually worthy of calling ourselves human If time passes by and no serious action is taken to ensure the safety of what remains of this people, then we might have to face partial responsibility for the dehumanisation of a people and the subsequent perpetration of heinous crimes against them


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    I found this work to be an excellent primer on the conflict in Myanmar between the government and the Rohingya people In this well sourced book, Muhammad Abdul Bari carefully lays out a detailed argument for why the treatment of the Rohingya is in fact genocide, and what should be done about it He explains the origins of the conflict, giving historical background to the rise of the violence against the Rohingya, and then sheds light on the situation from the scope of modern global politics, d I found this work to be an excellent primer on the conflict in Myanmar between the government and the Rohingya people In this well sourced book, Muhammad Abdul Bari carefully lays out a detailed argument for why the treatment of the Rohingya is in fact genocide, and what should be done about it He explains the origins of the conflict, giving historical background to the rise of the violence against the Rohingya, and then sheds light on the situation from the scope of modern global politics, deftly explaining how the world has reacted and why the response of the UN and ASEAN has been essentially nonexistent This an excellent resource for learning about the genocide of the Rohingya I now feel like I could confidently discuss the conflict from it s origins routed in colonialism to the complex factors of the current geopolitical situation that contribute to the ongoing crisis


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    The book was extremely informative, I thought I knew what the people in Myanmar were facing, but there s so muchbehind the scenes I loved how the author cited all of the resources throughout the book and not just in the end, it gave me the chance to readabout certain parts The writing could be better, but it s something I can easily overlook due to the value that I received while reading the book I d highly recommend everyone to read it, even though it can be heartbreaking to read The book was extremely informative, I thought I knew what the people in Myanmar were facing, but there s so muchbehind the scenes I loved how the author cited all of the resources throughout the book and not just in the end, it gave me the chance to readabout certain parts The writing could be better, but it s something I can easily overlook due to the value that I received while reading the book I d highly recommend everyone to read it, even though it can be heartbreaking to read about what these people are facing, it s extremely important to know


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    A very sad account of the displacement and heartless treatment of people.The atrocities,mayhem and careless way the Rohingya people are suffering.This has been going on for decades.It s like the leadership of Maynmar wanted nobody to find out about this,but its everywhere.How do you wipe out a whole nation off the face of the earth


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