Carbondale group to march against purge of Rohingya people in Myanmar

CARBONDALE, IL – The Carbondale Muslim Center has announced it will hold a rally to raise awareness of the killings of hundreds of Rohingya Muslims and the systematic purge of hundreds of thousands more from Myanmar.

In August, Myanmar security forces and mobs allied with them burned down thousands of homes in the places where the Rohingya live. Hundreds of people were killed, and refugees have reported the attackers also looted the communities, tortured people and systematically raped women and girls.

In less than a month, around 421,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh. The State Department announced Wednesday that The U.S. will contribute nearly $32 million in humanitarian aid to help the refugees.

The Rohingya have lived in Myanmar for generations, and the Carbondale Muslim Center says it is holding the rally to expose the genocide of the group from their ancestral lands. The rally will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Carbondale Muslim Center at 503 North Wall St. It will end at the Carbondale Town Square near 120 North Illinois Ave.

In its announcement of the rally, the center says:

“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.'”

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