Although the Rohingya refugees who have fled across the border to Bangladesh are overwhelmingly Muslim, there is a small minority of Hindus among them, and their accounts of the horrors encountered at the hands of the Myanmar army are similar to everyone else’s.
But shamefully, the Myanmar government is trying to twist the narrative to its own purposes, and has put the blame on the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) for the persecution encountered by Hindus.
The mass grave of Hindus containing 45 bodies found near Fakirabazar has been attributed to ARSA by the Myanmar government, a claim that is nonsense, and has been debunked.
A disgraceful web of lies has been spun, by the Myanmar government — and this lie has regrettably been spread further by many in the media — that tries to take the focus off the real killers, and puts the blame on an easy scapegoat: ARSA.
The real perpetrators, of course, are the Myanmar army, and they are the ones to be blamed for the persecution of all Rohingya, be they Hindu or Muslim.
There are enough statements from Hindu Rohingya to attest to the truth: Many said they were attacked by Rakhine Buddhists, and later on mysteriously changed their own statements saying they were attacked by Muslims.
Many Hindu refugees have affirmed that their families were slaughtered by the Myanmar army due to their refusal to take part in the killing of Muslims.
Myanmar’s calculated lies aim to foment discontent against ARSA and distract the world from the real crimes being committed by Myanmar against the helpless Rohingya population.
It is a shameful act of misdirection for political ends, and Myanmar cannot be allowed to get away with it.
Dhaka Tribune, October 3, 2017