Refugees of Myanmar

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There are so many reeling from persecution, natural disasters, and war that it can be difficult to remain positive.  However if we focus our intentions together as one at the same time change, will occur. 

Today we focus on the civilians begin affected by the conflict between the Myanmar military and the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA).  The Rohingya are a Muslim minority living amongst a Buddhist majority in the Rakhine state of Southwestern Myanmar.  They have been persecuted since the 1970’s, however in the past year the hate towards these people has ramped up.  

It seems that the Myanmar Army is at war with the ARSA, however it is the civilians who have suffered the most.  Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled to the western bordering country of Bangladesh, in an attempt to escape the mass murders perpetuated by the Myanmar Army and police.  In what has been called exaggerations by the government, reports of villages being burned, gang rapes, murders, and torture have all been confirmed.  The increase in persecution is in response to the October 2016 border clash between the Myanmar military and ARSA, where the killing of nine border police and the injury of many others took place, the blamed culprit being the Rohingya.  All of this has caused 400,000 refugees to flee into Bangladesh in the past year causing a severe crisis.  Reports have surfaced that it is not only the Rohingya people who are being affected by this catastrophe.  As many as 30,000 Hindu and Buddhist civilians have had to flee the violence due to Rohingya militants.

No matter the military conflict, it is the civilians who are suffering the most, those who have been used as a pawn in the fight between two militias, with both sides being guilty of attacking the innocent.

So today we focus our intentions towards the end of this conflict so that the ones truly being affected can live in peace.  And the ones responsible can find peace within themselves so as not to give into evil. 

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