Rohingya Muslims lead miserable life in India
KONFRONTASI-Thousands of Myanmar's displaced Rohingya Muslims, who are camping across several states in India, are grappling with a dire situation there, Press TV reports.
We have crossed borders to “reach India to save our lives. Thank God, we have life. But, we are facing acute shortage of food, medicine and clothing,” a Rohingya Muslim told Press TV at a camp on the outskirts of New Delhi.
“We don’t even have toilet, which is most disgraceful,” he added.
The United Nations says the Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar are one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. The Muslims have been displaced by violence, which has forced them to flee to neighboring countries.
“We belong to nowhere. Our children are not at schools,” another refugee said, adding, “If someone gets sick, hospitals are not willing to admit.”
Myanmar denies citizenship to most of the 1.3 million Rohingyas, placing restrictions on their movement, marriages and economic opportunities.
Thailand and Malaysia have come under fire by human rights groups for mistreating the Rohingya refugees.
The UN recently approved a resolution calling on the government in Myanmar to grant full citizenship to the persecuted Muslim minority, piling up pressure on the country to cancel a controversial identity plan.[mr/ptv]