Stop This Genocide
By Abdul Malik Mujahid
Chair, Burma Task Force USA
What else is the world looking for?
The French President agrees it’s a genocide. The Bangladesh Foreign Minister says it is a genocide.
The before-and-after satellite images document that it is a genocide. 214 Rohingya villages, that is 50% of all villages, are burned to ashes.
Please make urgent calls to the world leaders at the UN and urge them to recognize it as such.
What happened to the people of these villages?
I know. I met some of them just today as I write to you from the border of Bangladesh and Burma.
Have you heard of Tula Koli?
Probably not. Most in the world do not know it yet. An almost complete massacre took place there. Hundreds, and some say thousands, were killed.
Since the burning of Rohingya villages and shooting of people was going on in close by villages, the village Mayor assured them it will not happen in Tula Koli. Some were told that only their houses would be burned, but no one would be killed (so nice of them, right?).
The very next day of the Mayor’s assurance, helicopters came, the army landed, all were asked to assemble as military unleashed hell. Those assembled were shot as their homes burned.
All were killed but some. I met the survivors at the border.
Noor Muhammad, lost everyone. Parents, brothers, and sisters. He is only 16. He showed me photos of 3 of his nieces, all killed with their parents. He stood silent with a blank face. Only when I hugged him that he cried. His heart was beating so fast that my chest felt it. I hope your heart does too.
It is nothing but genocide.
Thanks to Burma Task Force, seven Nobel Peace laureates were the first to call it “a text book case of genocide.”
Now, politicians are calling it “a text book case of ethnic cleansing.” Don’t’ call it ethnic cleansing. The butcher of Bosnia, Milošević, coined this term to counter the charges of genocide. It is shameful that the world leaders are using the term to shy away for what is actually happening.
All scholars agree that it is a genocide.
And now 7 judges from around the world have given the judgement that it is genocide at the International People’s Tribunal, which Burma Task Force sponsored. An academic conference sponsored by Burma Task Force at Harvard and the London School of Economics have agreed it is a genocide.
Symbolic actions and statements are useless. They will not save lives. The world must interfere NOW to stop it.
Genocide is a crime in international law, which requires the world to interfere to stop it. This is the reason we insist: it is a genocide. This is the reason politicians are avoiding its usage.
I will be doing a webinar to share my eyewitness account: Please register here for Sept 25 8 PM webinar report. I will be at Jerome McDonnell NPR show talking about massacre at Tula Koli on Sept 25 as well. Moreover, if you are in Southern California on Oct. 1st, join us there.
Burma Task Force has several team members assisting refugees in developing their claims, starting with Tula Koli survivors. This is critical for their future. Please donate to this life-saving cause!
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