Rohingyas Crisis: Global community should come forward

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MNA Editorial Desk: As the Rohingya crisis escalates into an unfolding tragedy, the United Nations appealed to the global community to support the ongoing humanitarian efforts for the refugees “regardless of politics”.

According to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) report, nearly 90,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh in last 11 days.

Besides, many people drowned in Naf River while crossing the border. But this is very pathetic that, there is no visible protest in international arena over the ongoing brutal incidents in Myanmar. Giving only statements, the international community ended their tasks in this regard.

About 55 dead bodies were recovered while many remained missing after the latest military drive since August 25. Most of the victims were women and children.

However, the aid agencies have to step up operations massively in response to the inflow of Rohingyas fleeing atrocities in Myanmar, and the amount of money needed to help them has risen sharply.

About 140,000 of the around one million Rohingya have been in camps since riots in 2012 saw them lose their homes. Many thousands have fled during the latest violence, which has escalated to the point that the UN human rights agency said recently “the pattern of violations against the Rohingya may amount to crimes against humanity”.

However, the issue should be taken up on humanitarian ground rather than the religious one. As far as Pakistan is concerned, it can only express its solidarity with the oppressed Muslim community.

Most Arab countries are rich and resourceful. Why don’t they accept the rehabilitation of Rohingyas on their soil on a permanent basis?

Though many powerful countries condemn the persecution of Rohingyas in Rakhine, but do not put pressure and sanctions on Myanmar to save their lives.

The global community, as a whole, should come forward for caring of this minority community. The UN is the most appropriate forum for redressing this issue.