A Malaysian vessel, carrying much needed food and medicine for the members of Myanmar’s persecuted Muslim Rohingya community, has arrived in Yangon.
The Rohingya have been described as the most abused minority in the world.
The hope now is the aid reaches its destination.
Reezal Merican Naina Mercian is Malaysia’s deputy foreign minister:“The handing over is done to by the government, and the distribution will be done by them. We cannot be all the time sceptical. We must have confidence building between the countries. As much as we have expressed our grave concern over what happened in Rakhine state.”
As many as 65,000 members of the Rohingya community have fled to Bangladesh since violence broke out in Myanmar last October.
As the ship docked an anti-Rohingya demonstration went ahead:“We don’t mind that they want to support people who are suffering. But we don’t want political exploitation of this issue by calling them ‘Rohingya’. The name Rohingya doesn’t exist.”
The severity of military crackdown prompted a sharply worded UN report: “The cruelty to which these Rohingya children have been subjected is unbearable – what kind of hatred could make a man stab a baby crying out for his mother’s milk?
“Numerous testimonies collected from people from different village tracts…confirmed that the army deliberately set fire to houses with families inside, and in other cases pushed Rohingyas into already burning houses,” the report states.
The country’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, said a government-appointed commission will investigate some of the recent accusations of abuse.