Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

10/28/2012 (3 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Unrest between the Buddhist majority and the Muslim Rohingya minority have broiled since June

More than 22,000 people, mostly the Muslim minority in western Myanmar, have been routed and left homeless in the fresh hostilities ongoing in that nation. At least 170 people have been killed and whole neighborhoods have been wiped out, according to United Nations observers.

A senior police official in Minbya says that more than 4,000 people, mainly Muslims, had been made homeless after hundreds of properties in six villages were set on fire.

A senior police official in Minbya says that more than 4,000 people, mainly Muslims, had been made homeless after hundreds of properties in six villages were set on fire.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

10/28/2012 (3 years ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Myanmar, Buddhist, Muslim, Burma, unrest, displacement


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "The latest figures we have are 22,587 people have been displaced and we have about 4,665 houses that have been destroyed... according to government estimates provided to the U.N.," the U.N. chief in Yangon, Ashok Nigam told reporters.

Unrest between the Buddhist majority and the stateless Muslim Rohingya minority had been ongoing since June. Tens of thousands people were living in camps around Sittwe, the state capital of Rakhine state, already before the new violence. The total number of displaced is now estimated to be around 100,000.

Security forces have been deployed since the latest outbreak on October 21. More than 80 people have been killed in the last week, according to a government official, bringing the total toll since June to above 170.

A senior police official in Minbya says that more than 4,000 people, mainly Muslims, had been made homeless after hundreds of properties in six villages were set on fire.

"Some victims are staying at their relatives' houses, some are in temporary relief camps, they are staying near those burnt areas," he said. "They are staying between Muslims and Rakhine people," he said.

The U.N. has begun mobilizing to take food and shelter to displaced communities, "but we will quickly need more resources."

A human rights group over the weekend expressed concern for the safety of thousands of Rohingya. Satellite images of a once-thriving coastal community show a town that has burned down to the ground. Human Rights Watch say the pictures show "near total destruction" of a predominantly Rohingya part of Kyaukpyu, one of several areas in Rakhine where clashes have occurred.
 
In addition, more than 811 buildings and houseboats were razed in Kyaukpyu on October 24, forcing many Rohingya to flee north by sea towards Sittwe.

"Burma's government urgently needs to provide security for the Rohingya in Arakan [Rakhine] State, who are under vicious attack," Phil Robertson, the group's deputy Asia director says.

It's not yet known what set off the latest round of arson and killings. Ethnic violence in Rakhine in June left at least 90 people dead and destroyed more than 3,000 homes after the rape and murder of a Buddhist woman that was blamed on Muslims.

Myanmar's fledgling democracy could be "irreparably damaged" by the clashes, according to the U.N.

"The fabric of social order could be irreparably damaged and the reform and opening-up process being currently pursued by the government is likely to be jeopardized," a spokesman for Ban Ki-moon, the U.N. secretary-general, declared.

"The widening mistrust between the communities is being exploited by militant and criminal elements to cause large-scale loss of human lives."

President Thein Sein's government has described the Rohingya problem as an obstacle to development on other fronts. Sein, who took office last year following elections boycotted by the opposition National League for Democracy, has since instituted economic and political liberalization after almost half a century of repressive military rule.

"As the international community is closely watching Myanmar's democratic transition, such unrest could tarnish the image of the country," a statement from Sein's office, published in a local newspaper last week read.

"The army, police and authorities in co-operation with local people will try to restore peace and stability and will take legal action against any individual or organization that is trying to instigate the unrest."

.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for May 2016
Universal:
Respect for Women: That in every country of the world, women may be honored and respected and that their essential contribution to society may be highly esteemed.
Evangelization: Holy Rosary: That families, communities, and groups may pray the Holy Rosary for evangelization and peace.



Comments


More Asia Pacific

Is all social media fake? Revealed: China owns 448,000,000 FAKE social media profiles, but why? Watch

Image of How many social network accounts are fake?

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The next time you encounter an internet troll, be warned, he could be getting paid to fan the flames, or to douse your conversation. A new study our of Harvard reveals that China is using an army of 448 million fake troll accounts to influence public opinion. And China ... continue reading


Mafia-related demonic possessions cause children to froth at mouth and convulse Watch

Image of Over 80 school children in Peru are believed to be victims of demon possession (YouTube).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A "mass demonic possession" has erupted at Peruvian school Elsa Perea Flores, leaving over 80 students convulsing, frothing at the mouth, fainting, and displaying erratic behavior. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The children, most of whom are between 11 and ... continue reading


Obama to Hiroshima: Will he really be welcome? Watch

Image of US President Barack Obama will be the first sitting president to visit Hiroshima (aljazeera).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

U.S. President Barack Obama is set to become the first sitting president to visit Hiroshima following the atomic attack August 6, 1945. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Critics worried Obama's trip was to apologize for the devastation, but according to The New York ... continue reading


Child raped by father then lashed as punishment Watch

Image of India continues to modernize itself but the shift is too slow for many (Wikipedia).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

India is famous for it's diverse culture, vibrant clothing, incredible festivals, elephant gods, elaborate gold jewelry, the Taj Mahal and spicy food. It is an amazing place for tourists to visit - but what about the natives? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - India ... continue reading


WARNING GRAPHIC VIDEO - Terrorists behead Canadian hostage, release FULL VIDEO Watch

Image of Abu Sayyaf is an ISIS affiliate in the Philippines.

By California Network

Abu Sayyaf, an affiliate of ISIS in the Philippines, has released the full video of the beheading of Canadian hostage, John Ridsdel. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - The graphic video shows the brutal beheading of Canadian hostage, John Ridsdel. He was beheaded ... continue reading


China prepares long-range NUCLEAR WARHEAD in battle for South China Sea Watch

Image of China tested their DF-41 missile (globalsecurity).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

China continues to test the limits of its DF-41 long-range intercontinental ballistic missile as tensions rise between the country and the U.S. over the South China Sea. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to The Free Beacon, Pentagon officials reported the ... continue reading


God's Intervention? Baby girl incredibly survives devastating Japan earthquake Watch

Image of Rescuers discover 8-month-old baby in the rubble of a crumbled building (BBC).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Following a 6.5 magnitude earthquake, nine have been reported dead and over 800 people suffered injuries - but God ensured the safety of one blessed little girl. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to NBC News, an 8-month-old girl was sleeping peacefully when ... continue reading


No more Christmas in Nepal? Watch

Image of Nepal says no more Christmas.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Nepal first recognized Christmas as a national holiday eight years ago, but the 2015 Christmas celebration will be its last. Nepali government officials announced Christmas is no longer recognized as a national holiday, prompting the Christian minority to rise together ... continue reading


'This Christian nursing home is not a place for religious activities': Christians victims of persecution Watch

Image of China destroys thousands of crucifixes to effort to eradicate Christianity (ChinaAid).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

China's government has destroyed over 1,500 crucifixes in Zhejiang province, China as part of a plan to eradicate the Christian communities. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Christianity is spreading across China, leading the communist government to grow upset over ... continue reading


We DON'T know it all! Discovery proves Silk Road reached farther than believed Watch

Image of The Silk Road ended with the arrival of sailing ships and modern transportation, but it's mystique still captures the imagination and intrigues historians who appreciate its impact on the development of modern civilization.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A well-known ancient trade network may have stretched much father than previously believed according to new evidence discovered in Nepal. Chinese-made objects in a 1,600 year-old tomb suggests the Silk Road may have extended south into Nepal. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


All Asia Pacific News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • Advent Prayer HD Video
  • WARNING: Exorcist claims demon is targeting families
  • Your Daily Inspirational Meme: He will never leave you
  • Daily Reading for Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 HD Video
  • Daily Readings for Sunday, May 29, 2016
  • St. Maximinus of Trier: Saint of the Day for Sunday, May 29, 2016
  • Woman diagnosed with 'nightmare bacteria' in US

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Kings 8:41-43
41 'Even the foreigner, not belonging to your people Israel but coming ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 117:1, 2
1 Alleluia! Praise Yahweh, all nations, extol him, all ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 7:1-10
1 When he had come to the end of all he wanted the people to hear, he ... Read More

Reading 2, Galatians 1:1-2, 6-10
1 From Paul, an apostle appointed not by human beings nor through any ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for May 29th, 2016 Image

St. Maximinus of Trier
May 29: Bishop of Trier, Germany, from 332, and a miracle ... Read More