Essays on Myanmar's Genocide of Rohingyas (2012-2018)
Essays on Myanmar’s Genocide of Rohingyas (2012-2018 by Maung Zarni and Natalie Brinham is an exposure of the brutal killings, rapes, looting, arson and other heinous crimes unleashed by the military junta and their cohorts in Myanmar. The writers are leading human rights activists, speaking out against the atrocities in Myanmar and calling for justice.
The book is significant in the sense that it points out to the lesser informed that the recent Rohingya refugee crisis did not happen overnight and is not just the result of a backlash to any so-called militancy. The discrimination, prejudice and repression have been building up over the decades, intermittently erupting in bursts of violence, the latest genocide being a culmination of all these events.
Growing up a proud racist in Burma, as indeed is the title of the first chapter of the book, Maung Zarni has a first-hand understanding of the prejudices and perception that have been bred in the psyche of the people. He writes: ‘Like millions of my fellow Buddhist Burmese, I grew up as a proud racist. For much of my life growing up in the heartland of Burma, Mandalay, I mistook what I came to understand years later as racism to be the patriotism of Burmese Buddhists. Our leading and most powerful institutions, schools, media, Buddhist church and, most importantly, the military, have succeeded in turning the bulk of us into proud racists.”
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