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Have We Stones for Hearts?

World  (tags: Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Adam Azhar, ASEAN, Asylum, Human Rights, Rohingya, refugees, boat people )

- 1401 days ago -
Is this a valid reason for us refuse help to others with problems that seem to be much larger than our own? Have our hearts turned to stone that we are unable to emphatise with these people? Engrossed completely in our own problems that we fail


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Evelyn B (63)
Sunday May 17, 2015, 8:31 am
See also Plight of the Rohinga

Kathleen M (210)
Sunday May 17, 2015, 8:51 am
Sadly noted. Thanks, Evelyn.

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday May 17, 2015, 5:08 pm
Unfortunately with Climate Disruption, cold calculated Corporate take over the world over, and the continuous war in all parts of the world that disrupts entire communities and countries, we will see more and more suffering. It is a human right to try to remove oneself away from a place that is a guarantee that one will die via mass killings, lack of water, starvation, and no opportunity to protect oneself or to rise out of the situation.

These migrations are a drain on other societies who are also facing their own struggles, but we can't leave them on boats to sink or stave with no chance to gain food. Even in the article there isn't even a captain to stir the boat to safe harbour, a few quick lessons and off they horrid.

The Leaders of the world are FAILING EVERYONE except for the uber rich that just seem to be having a new party every day and night.

Athena F (131)
Monday May 18, 2015, 12:35 am

Evelyn B (63)
Monday May 18, 2015, 2:12 am
More - so terrible: Indonesia turns away boat as Asian Migrant crisis escalates

Roberto MARINI (88)
Monday May 18, 2015, 2:17 am
thanks for sharing this important post

Shirley S (187)
Monday May 18, 2015, 2:51 am
We do care.

Evelyn B (63)
Monday May 18, 2015, 2:59 am
Thousands Of Bangladeshi And Rohingya Migrants Are Trapped At Sea ~ TEXT and VIDEO

Feather W (17)
Monday May 18, 2015, 4:41 am
yep, they just pushed these people back out to sea to let them starve. It´s about time we opened our heart or the world will become unlivable....

Lona G (66)
Monday May 18, 2015, 6:28 am
As a few articles are published at the same time on the terrible plight of the Rohingyas, I hope you don't mind that I repeat part of my comment elsewhere, Evelyn:
Wikipedia: "International media and human rights organizations have described Rohingyas as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. Many Rohingyas have fled [from Myanmar] to ghettos and refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh, and to areas along the Thai-Burmese border. More than 100,000 Rohingyas in Burma continue to live in camps for internally displaced persons, not allowed by authorities to leave. Rohingyas have received international attention in the wake of 2012 Rakhine State riots."

The Rohingyas have everything going against them. The world is far too busy with man made problems like ISIS and natural disasters like Tibet to pay much attention to their plight. But it's not only that. When Cal M. posted an article on the plight of the Rohingyas in Thailand When the Rohingya Make Headlines, It's Rarely Good News some commenters thought it was OK to lock them up because they were Muslims. This attitude is exactly the same as the one that made them a persecuted group in Buddhist Myanmar. Persecuted Muslim groups really have the tide of world opinion against them, but at what point in time will we look back and have to admit that we were witnessing a slow genocide and didn't do anything about it?

Evelyn B (63)
Monday May 18, 2015, 8:39 am
Lona - so true.

Because of the discrimination they've suffered, they lack the communication skills and knowledge to even stand up effectively for themselves ...

And the "image" of Buddhism & Buddhist values is so very far from the behaviour of those meting out persecution on this Muslim minority that those who know no better assume that it must be the Muslims who are in the wrong ..... although their only crime is that they exist.

You ask "at what point in time will we look back and have to admit that we were witnessing a slow genocide and didn't do anything about it? " ...

I wonder. I just hope that at that point, there'll be enough honesty around to ADMIT that we were witnessing a slow genocide ..... rather than rewrite history in such a way as to justify the genocide (because they were Muslim).

Past Member (0)
Monday May 18, 2015, 10:43 am
It seems we do, this administration just turns the other way , instead of helping & it is sad & scary!.We can't do much to help until they ( this adm. ) gets on boaard.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Tuesday May 19, 2015, 11:23 pm
The word is conscience. . .

Evelyn B (63)
Wednesday May 20, 2015, 6:00 am
Another petition to sign:
Rohingya: lighting the torch amid a sea of darkness
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