Hate-mon­ger monk ma­ligns Mus­lims

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Riyaad Dhai

IN THE 1990s, more than 800 000 peo­ple were killed in Rwanda in a mat­ter of months. This cen­tury now com­mences with prob­a­bly the first Bud­dhist hate-mon­ger in his­tory.

Burmese monk Ashin Wi­rathu’s state­ment that good Bud­dhists shouldn’t mix so­cially with Mus­lims – who he says are “snakes” and “mad dogs” – is no dif­fer­ent than the party of Rwan­dan Hutu leader Ju­ve­nal Hab­ya­ri­mana call­ing the Tut­sis “cock­roaches”, al­low­ing un­told atroc­i­ties to be un­leashed on them.

The Ro­hingya peo­ple have been fac­ing in­jus­tice for years. They have not been granted the most ba­sic rights in­clud­ing ed­u­ca­tion and free­dom of move­ment, even the num­ber of kids they can have is con­trolled.

What is more du­bi­ous is how Myan­mar con­tin­ues to deny this state of af­fairs. It ought to be con­sid­ered a hu­man­i­tar­ian is­sue, not a Bud­dhist or Mus­lim, ma­jor­ity or mi­nor­ity is­sue. The in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, has to play a sig­nif­i­cant role in mak­ing last­ing peace with the Ro­hingyas and other eth­nic com­mu­ni­ties. Westville, Durban

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