Noble laureates break down in tears hearing stories of Rohingyas
07:40 PM, February 26, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 08:59 PM, February 26, 2018

Noble laureates break down in tears hearing stories of Rohingyas

Two female Nobel Peace Prize laureates today broke down in tears after hearing the stories of brutalities and atrocities carried out on Rohingyas by Myanmar army in Rakhine.

Nobel Peace Laureates Mairead Maguire and Tawakkol Karman could not hold their tears when Rohingya people were sharing their nightmares of the atrocities at Rohingya camp in Ukhia upazila of Cox’s Bazar.

In emotion-chocked voices, both the female Nobel Peace laureates blamed Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi for her silent role in stopping the brutality on the Rohinya people and their children.     

Mairead Maguire said the people who had to flee their villages bear the stories of rape, murder and killing of their families and little children those taken out of the arms of their mothers and were slaughtered.

"We appeal to Aung San Suu Kyi to think about the little children who have been pulled out of their mothers' arms as you yourself (Suu Kyi) a mother,” they said adding that Suu Kyi cannot deny Rohingyas’ right to live by carrying out massacre and burning their villages.

"This is a slaughter of the innocence Rohingyas people," Mairead Maguire claimed.

She also criticised the Myanmar government and military for hatching a policy to commit genocide against the Rohingya people for ethnic cleansing.

"We cannot allow genocide. The world must act against it. This is a case of International Court of Justice.  Barma must be taken to it," she warned.

Besides, Tawakkol Karman termed the findings of atrocities as a shameful act of the Myanmar government.

"We notice genocide against the Rohingya people. The Rohingya people are suffering since 10 years. Not just now, 10 years under the eyes of the world. We are in the 21st century. And we are seeing genocide now. We are seeing the ethnic cleansing that is shameful and shameful for the world," Tawakkol Karman said.

“It's a shame with us as a human being. These women are being raped, their children are slaughtered and they are being displaced from their houses, from their country,” she said.

She also appealed to the international community and United Nations Security Council to wakeup.  "We appeal to our sister Aung San Suu Kyi to wakeup. Otherwise, she will be a betrayer, one of the betrayers of this crime," she said.

“If she cannot stop the crimes, she has to resign now. That’s very important. Otherwise, she will be placed before the International Criminal Court,” she added.

She also lauded Bangladeshi people and its government for providing shelter to the Rohingya people.

Extending thanks to the Bangladeshi people and its government, she said Bangladesh is a poor country and it suffers a lot but hosting the Rohingya people. "Bangladesh being poor country, we cannot expect a lot for the Rohingya."

But as a nation, Bangladesh needs to be with them. The government should be with them. The UN, international communities should facilitate them with basis services like water, health, education and etc, she said.

"We are with you Bangladeshi people. Thank you so much for your courage and help but they need more. They need more from you, from us and from the international community."

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