Friday, March 30, 2018

Oh Rohingya, who are you? And where is your homeland? - a poem by Dr Maung Zarni

Oh Rohingya
you are many things to many people.

Oh Rohingya
you are a name 50 million Myanmar are brainwashed to hate who know next to nothing about what's in a name.

Oh Rohingya
you are the content to erase from textbooks whose "not real" identity the snake-tongued Suu Kyi seeks to ban in her dubious Diplo-Speak

Oh Rohingya
you are a fundable project in the name of "local partners"

Oh Rohingya
you are an award-winning subject of reportage or documentary

Oh Rohingya
You are a legal volleyball played by human rights rights lawyers

On Rohingya
you are a security threat to nations and regions, potentially as "radical Islamicists";
never mind that you have not blown yourselves up in 40 years since your lot's genocide began.

Oh Rohingya
you are a new 'boat people' whose survival flights at night the United Nations bleached as "irregular movements"

Oh Rohingya
you are a subject of surveillance to many a "anti-terror sickos"
For you pray out loud to Allah when your infants are burned alive, and the world stand idly by.

Oh Rohingya,
you are a subject of worldwide charity, but the one which triggers no real solidarity.

Oh Rohingya
you are a subject of interest which neo-Orientalist academics & experts dissect, from Asian Studies to the US Institute of Peace

Oh Rohingya
you are sources of memories to extract, collate, compile and deposit in some posh Ivory Tower

Oh Rohingya,
you are an agenda item which UN councils will debate, closed doors, with neither substance nor results, for decades.

Oh Rohingya
you are creatures whose children have been orphaned by the hundreds of thousands

Oh Rohingya
you are a people whose women have been widowed, raped, maimed, & terrorised.

Oh Rohingya
you are this deeply pathetic world's Celebrities from Hell

Oh Rohingya
you are a subject of endless TV shows, academic debates, photography exhibits, and policy masturbation

Oh Rohingya
you are Myanmar Commander-in-Chief's "unfinished business",
the High Command's objects to exterminate,
the ground troops' preys of mass-rape, whom burn alive, mutilate, blow up, fire upon, bayonet, behead or cut throat, literally.

Oh Rohingya
you are our world's largest tribe of Survivors with No Promised Land to run to

Oh Rohingya
you are a people stranded on our Earth, shoved around like dirt by sovereign states,
you are a people without the Right to Belong or Settle-down

Oh Rohingya
you are a people in desperate need of a Protected Homeland.

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