Being a somewhat thin-skinned American, annoyed at ubiquitous accusations of racism and intolerance, I enjoy a good genocide (or mere massacre) among other peoples in exotic lands. I’ve read of (and chronicled) Egyptians shooting Sudanese migrants, Han Chinese/Tibetan clashes, South African persecution of Zimbabwean refugees, Iraqi abuse of homeless Palestinians—oh, I could go on.
So I will:
Stateless refugees from Myanmar are suffering beatings and deportation in Bangladesh, according to aid workers and rights groups who say thousands are crowding into a squalid camp where they face starvation and disease.
In a campaign that seems to have accelerated since October, the groups say, ethnic Rohingya refugees who have been living for years in Bangladesh are being seized, beaten and forced back to Myanmar, which they had left to escape persecution and abuse and which does not want them.
“Over the last few months we have treated victims of violence, people who claim to have been beaten by the police, claim to have been beaten by members of the host population, by people they’ve been living next to for many years,” said Paul Critchley, who runs the Bangladesh program for the aid group Médecins Sans Frontières, also known as Doctors Without Borders.
“We have treated patients for beatings, for machete wounds and for rape,” he said, quoting a report issued Thursday that describes the situation as a humanitarian crisis.
The Rohingya may want to compare notes with the Karen people (below) about how cruel the Burmese junta can be.
BTW, you know how we joke about violent Buddhist insurgencies every time we hear about a bloody sectarian massacre?
Well, we found one!
At least 70 people have been arrested in Bangladesh after the worst violence in the southeast since a peace deal was signed in 1997 with tribal groups seeking autonomy, police said Wednesday.
A Bengali settler was killed in clashes between the Bengalis and tribal groups late Tuesday, police said, bringing the death toll to at least three after two people died Sunday when troops opened fire on the feuding sides.
Police said at least 400 houses and shops, a Buddhist temple and two churches were torched during the clashes, the worst violence since a peace deal to settle the demands of tribal people in the area in 1997.
Violence first erupted on Sunday in the remote area’s Baghaichhari town and spread to two of the three hill tract districts, where two key tribal groups fought for autonomy for two decades before signing the peace treaty in 1997.
The slow-burning insurgency by largely Buddhist tribal groups has claimed more than 2,500 lives since it began in the early 1980s, according to official figures.
Bloodthirsty Buddhist bastards…
But you can still tell the non-Buddhist insurgents from the “other” kind:
Sikh protesters shout slogans against Taliban and Pakistani goverment during a strike in Jammu, India, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010. The protest took place after the decapitated bodies of two Sikhs were found almost a month after they were kidnapped in Pakistan’s Khyber tribal region. The placards held by the protesters read: ‘Death to Taliban.’