Myanmar: We feel great compassion towards Rohingya Muslims says clergyman

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A top Catholic churchman of Myanmar has expressed solidarity with the Rohingyas saying that Christians can feel their pain and agony. Myanmar’s Cardinal Charles Maung Bo has censured violence perpetrated against Rohingyas calling for a peaceful solution to end the problem.

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In a statement sent to fides, Cardinal Bo stated: “The recent sad and tragic events in our country that have hit thousands of Muslims, Hindus and others have brought the world’s attention here. The start of violence and aggressive response are deplorable. We feel great compassion towards thousands of Muslims, Hindus, and populations of rakhine, mro and many other ethnic groups who are displaced.”

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He laid stress on the fact that the tragedy could have avoided saying: “This is a tragedy that should not happen. We strongly believe that aggressive responses without integrated policies to building long-term peace are counterproductive.”

Still and all, he expressed hope for restoration saying that he anticipates a “healing future” for the country which is reeling from the wounds resulted by the ongoing violence and clashes. At the same time, he reflected upon the concerns of Myanmar’s political leader Aung San Suu Kyi saying that she had endured under tremendous pressure and continued her role in the government.

He said that he raised the issues of the human rights abuses being perpetrated in the state of Rakhine, and major concerns such as the return of refugees, their rehabilitation, restoration, development and social promotion. He said that in order to tackle with these problems Aung San Suu Kyi “has established a special commission to implement the recommendations of the Kofi Annan Commission.”

He urged all to think of future and restoration of the afflicted people saying: “All of us must pass from a wounded past to a future of healing. Let the lesson of the past illuminate our future. Peace based on justice is possible, peace is the only possible path.”

Recently, in the United Nations General Assembly, Myanmar refused allegations of “ethnic cleansing.” On the other hand, United Nations has estimated that about 430,000 Rohingyas have fled. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, (UNHCR) has warned that the crisis has not improved and that there is an immediate need for humanitarian assistance.