hey can we please make the genocide of the Rohingya people in Burma a big thing bc it’s actually terrifying 

united to end genocide’s coverage of what’s going on

united states holocaust memorial’s coverage of what’s going on

u.s. campain for burma 

rlly quick + simple timeline of burmese history

a couple of interviews

petition to help the rohingya (or donate !)

feel free add more resources to this!!!! also please correct any wrong/bad information in this post!!!

it’s really sad that there’s not much coverage over this, especially when most of the coverage that is out there doesn’t even call it a potential genocide, so please try to spread this!!!

The “8888” Uprising refers to a series of protests that took place in Burma during 1988 that culminated on the date 8/8/1988, hence the name. The student protests that evolved into the nationwide uprising were sparked by (Dictator) General Ne Win’s decision that the Burmese government would no longer recognize the newly replaced currency notes, 100, 75, 35 and 25 kyats, leaving only 45 and 90 kyat notes. They were left, it is believed, because 45 and 90 are divisible by nine. General Ne Win was notoriously superstitious and he considered nine a lucky number. This wiped out people’s savings overnight and Burma, already poor and underdeveloped, was given Least Developed Country status by the UN.

Myanmar monastery teaches critical thinking to poor students

The troubled backgrounds of children at Phaung Daw Oo Monastic Education High School read like a checklist of problems Myanmar faces—extreme poverty, natural disasters, sectarian violence.  Yet when I arrive I feel so much positive energy—everyone’s laughing and warm.

The school is special that way. Education is offered at no cost, which is unusual in Myanmar, where schooling is only compulsory for five years and many kids can’t afford to continue beyond that.

(via Myanmar monastery teaches critical thinking to poor students - Earshot - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation))

Known as the “Wai”, the greeting is actually both warm and charming, especially when accentuated with that magical smile. In general, the Wai is performed by joining the hands at the palms and raising them to a position somewhere between the chest and forehead. One should be aware of the status of the person being ‘wai-ed’ for the exact position of holding the palms.

  • Within the family, the wai is extreme to say the least. Young children wai their parents bringing the palms all the way to the forehead as a sign of respect and obedience. As they get older the wai will be come less extreme… but not by much. And of course, the parents do not return the wai.
  • School is much like home, a place of learning and discipline, consequently children will wai their teachers as they wai their parents and same goes for employees when meeting their employer and the Thai of all ages and rank respectfully wai to monks. In all cases (the teacher, the employer and the monk) the wai will never be returned.
  • In informal gatherings of equals, the wai will also be performed, everyone wai-ing each other but in a relatively casual way, the palms being positioned somewhere in the chest area.
  • Good friends would position the palms somewhere in the chest area because they are equals and know each other well.
  • A nod of the head in a slight bow is also an acceptable response to a wai from, say a waiter or the doorman at the hotel.
#REUNITED: Burmese fisherman finally goes home after 22 terrifying years as a slave.

“All he did was ask to go home. The last time the Burmese slave made the same request, he was beaten almost to death.” Myint’s story is surreal, but true. And the worse part is that his labor is tied to the products we use every day.

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As a life-long devotee of traditional design and patters, Burmese artist Aye Myint is most well known for the works featured in his 1993 book, ‘Burmese Design Through Drawings’.

Some of the 85-year-old’s finest works will be featured in a retrospective exhibition this weekend at Rangoon’s Gallery 65. The three-day showing will feature 37 paintings from 1954 to the present by the acclaimed artist, who first studied traditional design during fieldwork at old pagodas and monasteries across the country.

Featured are paintings that depict scenes from the Buddhist Jakata stories and national celebrations such as Shinbyu and Thingyan.

Gallery 65 is located at 65 Yawmingyi Street, Dagon Township. The exhibition runs from 10am-6pm, June 27-29.

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ibtimes.co.uk
Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi says Rohingya issue needs careful handling
The opposition leader speaks out for the first time about the Rohingya community in Myanmar.

Aung said the protection of rights of minorities is an issue which should be addressed very, very carefully, and as quickly and effectively as possible, adding that the government was not doing enough about the issue.

When pressed further on what she meant by “very, very carefully,” she replied: “It just means that it is such a sensitive issue and there are so many racial and religious groups, that whatever we do to one group may have an impact on other groups as well. So this is an extremely complex situation, and not something that can be resolved overnight.”

Aung, who is the chair of the National League for Democracy , had been under house arrest in Myanmar since early 1990s. She was released in 2010 and now sits as an opposition member of parliament in Myanmar.

While highlighting her two decades of fight against the military regime in Myanmar, BBC news recently noted her continued silence over Rohingya Muslims, who live in Rakhine State, near the western border with Bangladesh.

The plight of Ronhingya Muslims hit worldwide news headlines after they were found stranded on boats fleeing for a better life in other South East Asian countries.

Aung’s supporters have said that her silence on the issue does not mean she does not care about the Rohingyas, but it has more to do with politics, BBC reported. Myanmar’s presidential elections are due to be held in November 2015. She is now carefully choosing her battles, some observers have noted.

BBC highlighted that by defending the Rohingya community, Aung would “immediately put herself at odds with powerful Buddhist nationalist groups, potentially changing the dynamics of this year’s all important general election.”

To make any political headway, she needs the support of the monks and a solid claim to be patriotically defending the Buddhist state, BBC said.