“So here’s what I found in Burma: Kids like these locked up and denied medical care, so that they die of the simplest things. And two Nobel Peace Prize winners, President Obama and Aung San Suu Kyi, have political capital here that they’re not using. Read my column below and help spread the word about what some say is genocide.” ~ Nicholas Kristof
Buddhists are renowned for peacefulness, yet, here in Myanmar, Buddhist monks have marched through the streets, demanding the expulsion of humanitarian workers who would try to save the lives of Muslims.
Obama and Aung San Suu Kyi will probably flinch as they read this, protesting that Myanmar is infinitely complicated. True. Muslims have also killed Buddhists in clashes, and no country should be judged solely based on its worst side.
Yet, this spring, the Myanmar government doubled down on its repression by essentially cutting off one million Rohingya from access to doctors, leaving them, in some cases, to die unattended. This is grotesque, and some scholars think it approaches genocide.
For more on this story, visit: There’s a Kind of Hush – NYTimes.com.