Monday, July 20, 2015

Burma’s Rohingya: one woman’s journey to marriage on a smuggling boat - from the Guardian, UK

Rohingya women face unfathomable risks inside Myanmar. They often are denied permission by the government agencies to get married. This is done deliberately by the racist Myanmar regime which wants to make sure that they don't grow in numbers. And as such, even if someone gets to marry, she can be put in the prison for having more than 1-2 child/children. This is another check for the criminal Myanmar regime to stop growth of the Rohingya community. And then Rohingya women are also targeted for sexual violence by Rakhine and other Buddhists of Myanmar where they use such tactics as a weapon of war to terrorize and cleanse the Rohingya community.


It is not difficult to understand why young Rohingya girls and women are braving the ocean, even taking the risk of being enslaved by crafty human traffickers.


The Guardian of the UK has recently published an article of one Rohingya woman’s journey to marriage on a smuggling boat.


It took Azima a month to travel to her wedding to her childhood sweetheart. In that time, the 17-year-old witnessed men beaten to death, starvation, rape and an attempted suicide.


“When the men complained, the smugglers beat them,” Azima said, recalling the days she spent living with hundreds of people on a boat in the Indian Ocean. They used an inch-thick red cane.
“I saw seven people die.”


The Burmese Rohingya woman paid to be smuggled to Thailand so she could build a family, a goal that has become harder for her ethnic minority in Burma’s western Rakhine state as many men have already fled state-backed persecution.


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