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A Nobel Peace Prize Winner’s Shame | Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times

For the last three weeks, Buddhist-majority Myanmar has systematically slaughtered civilians belonging to the Rohingya Muslim minority, forcing 270,000 to flee to neighboring Bangladesh — with Myanmar soldiers shooting at them even as they cross the border.

By Official White House Photo by Pete Souza - http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/09/20/president-obama-meets-aung-san-suu-kyi, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21513539

By Official White House Photo by Pete Souza – Public Domain

“The Buddhists are killing us with bullets,” Noor Symon, a woman carrying her son, told a Times reporter. “They burned houses and tried to shoot us. They killed my husband by bullet.”

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the widow who defied Myanmar’s dictators, endured a total of 15 years of house arrest and led a campaign for democracy, was a hero of modern times. Yet today Daw Suu, as the effective leader of Myanmar, is chief apologist for this ethnic cleansing, as the country oppresses the darker-skinned Rohingya and denounces them as terrorists and illegal immigrants.

And “ethnic cleansing” may be an understatement. Even before the latest wave of terror, a Yale study had suggested that the brutality toward the Rohingya might qualify as genocide. The U.S. Holocaust Museum has also warned that a genocide against the Rohingya may be looming.

Read Kristof’s op-ed here: A Nobel Peace Prize Winner’s Shame – The New York Times

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