Hate-monger monk maligns Muslims
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