To travel to Myanmar right now is the wrong thing to do.
I’m going to start off this article by saying that I love Myanmar.
For a long time, Myanmar has been one of my favourite countries to explore. This is a magical land filled with warm and welcoming people, stunning ancient ruins, raw tropical rainforests, mysterious mountains, hidden temples, epic caves and raging rivers… Myanmar is a truly incredible place.
But, right now…
A genocide is occurring in Myanmar
For years now, Myanmar has branded the Rohingya as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and systematically dismantled their legal rights and access to basic services in Rakhine, a state where they have lived for generations.
This has now taken a much darker turn which is impossible to ignore.
A campaign of terror has been launched by the army as they ‘clear’ Rakhine state of Rohingya ‘militants’.
Children have been thrown alive onto fires.
Pregnant women have been gang raped by soldiers.
Men have been rounded up and shot en-masse.
Entire villages have been set on fire and bulldozed.
Military camps have been set up within Rakkine state… The objective of the army is clear, they wish to remove the Rohingya population from Myanmar, permanently.
The army don’t even need to kill them all to achieve their goals… They just need to push them out of Myanmar and into neighbouring Bangladesh through a campaign of horrific violence. So far, more than half a million people have been forced to flee.
The Rohingya population has fled in the only direction they can… Into Bangladesh where they are forced to live in one massive, sprawling, unsafe refugee camp where the refugees face an almost hopeless situation and young women, many without husbands or fathers (since they have been murdered) have been forced into prostitution in the seedy Bangladeshi underworld to feed their children.
Just outside of the camp, mere meters away, the Myanmar army has set up machine guns and other heavy equipment… the message is clear that if the Rohingya try to return to their homes, they will be murdered.
What about Aung San Suu Kyi?
The darling of the human rights movement and nobel peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi entered into a power sharing deal with the Myanmar army in 2016.
The Myanmar government is comprised of cowards and cunts, animals who believe it is acceptable to lead a campaign of rape and violence against one of the world’s most discriminated against minorities.
Aung Aan Suu Kyi has categorically said that “genocide is too strong a term for what is happening here” and has largely refused to comment on the systematic murder and displacement of the Rohingya, a minority who she should be protecting.
She is a traitor to the human race.
Please do not travel to Myanmar
If you do, you are trivialising the deaths of tens of thousands.
I understand that Myanmar may appear to be an incredible country but by visiting you are pouring money into government pockets (most hotels and transport companies are owned by the military) as well as legitimising the current government.
There’s more you can do to…
Thank you for reading.