CMC Organizing March for Rohingya this Saturday (9/2317)

Posted on: 20 September 2017

CMC Organizing March for Rohingya this Saturday (9/2317)

Carbondale Muslim Center is organizing a rally to expose the Burmese military’s genocide of the Rohingya people in Myanmar (also referred to as Burma). These attacks have forced over 4000,000 Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh, but another 400,000 Rohingya people are hiding in the mountains and forests within Burma to avoid persecution.  No relief organizations are allowed to operate in this area. The UN says that it is not allowed to serve food, water, and medicine within Myanmar. They have been able to aid those in Bangladesh, however, the Burmese military recently laid mines on the Bangladesh-Burma border preventing Rohingya from reaching safe haven in Bangladesh. 


The Rohingya are indigenous people of Burma living in their ancestral lands. They are an ethnic minority that has faced persecution for decades, but in recent years the violence has escalated rapidly.  World leaders and human rights organizations describe their situation as a textbook example of “ethnic cleansing”.  Nobel Peace Laureates describe the Rohingya plight as “nothing less than a genocide.”  The United Nations considers the Rohingya to be “the world’s most persecuted people.”


WHAT: A rally to expose the genocide of Rohyngia Muslims in Burma


WHEN: Saturday, September 23rd @ 11 am


WHERE:  The march will begin at the Carbondale Muslim Center (503 N. Wall Street) and end at the Carbondale Town Square (near 120 N Illinois Ave)


CONTACT: Mohtashim Shamsi, Rally Organizer, 618-681-1094,



Satellite images obtained by Human Rights Watch now prove over 100 km of Rohingya villages have been burnt to ashes by the Burmese Military.  Residents and activists have described scenes of troops firing indiscriminately at unarmed Rohingya men, women and children. Refugees have often reported rape, torture, arson and murder by Myanmar security forces.  Human rights groups assert that the military is using systematic rape as a weapon of war. 


The Rohingya have been denied citizenship in Myanmar since 1982, which has effectively rendered them stateless.  We must call on our political leaders to put more pressure on the Myanmar Government to end the genocide and violence, to restore the rights of the Rohingya people, and to allow aid agencies to enter the country to provide the assistance that is so desperately needed.