To Marks the 2 nd Anniversary of Rohingya Genocide Remembrance Day
Shabnam Mayet > 25 August 2019
*On this second anniversary of the Rohingya Genocide, I wanted to share this post from December of 2017 when I returned from Cox’s Bazar*
This week I had the opportunity to travel to Cox Bazar where, since 25 August, 620 000 Rohingya were forced to flee after witnessing the brutality of the Myanmar military being unleashed on their loved ones.
When disaster strikes we busy ourselves with the statistics, counting the dead, tortured and raped, tallying the burnt villages and kilometers of stolen land. We forget that the victims of genocide are families with plans, celebrations, love stories and histories and in our well intentioned rush to ‘save’ we often dehumanize instead of empower.
Assata Shakur once said that any community seriously concerned with its own freedom has to be concerned about other people’s freedom as well. For us let this translate into a REAL concern. A concern beyond our own egos and need for recognition. Let us want for others the exact lives, opportunities and treatment that we seek ourselves and let us fight for others as we would for ourselves.