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My people, the Rohingya of western Burma, are being ethnically cleansed.

My people, the Rohingya of western Burma, are being ethnically cleansed.

  • Posted on: 15 November 2012
  • By: HRASHID

My people are in concentration camps,my people, the Rohingya of western Burma, are being ethnically cleansed. President Obama is traveling to Burma next week. Join me in asking him to take a stand against this ethnic cleansing.

Sign My Petition

My name is Aisha Shansudin, and I am writing to you on behalf of my people, the Rohingya of Burma. My people are being subjected to ethnic cleansing and forced into concentration camps by mobs backed by the Burmese government -- and when President Obama goes to Burma in a few days, he might not even acknowledge that this is happening.

The Rohingya are a Muslim people in Western Burma, and they are being put in concentration camps, starved, and even killed in order to force them to leave the country. This is why the UN says the Rohingya people are one of the most persecuted minorities in the world.

In just a few days, President Obama will become the first US president ever to visit Burma. This is an historic event for the Burmese people, and a few words from President Obama could truly end government support for the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya.

That's why I started a petition on Change.org asking President Obama to take action to help the Rohingya people when he visits Burma next week. Click here to add your name.

I am lucky that my parents got me out of Burma. I now live in Chicago with my husband, our two sons, and we have another baby on the way. It breaks my heart to think that if I were back in Burma, my children and I could be in concentration camps or even dead, just because we are Rohingya.

So far, 100,000 Rohingya people have been forced out of Burma. Burmese President Thein Sein has even asked for help from other countries to expel the Rohingya from Burma, and yet President Obama has not spoken out to say that this is wrong.

There is so much President Obama can do -- he could chastise President Thein Sein, reinstate US sanctions on Burma, or even request UN peacekeepers. But as long as President Obama stays silent, my people will continue to suffer.

I believe that President Obama is a good man who will want to help my people. I know that if enough people sign my petition, President Obama will see that this is important not just to the Rohingya, but to all Americans who believe that ethnic cleansing should never be allowed on our watch.

SOURCE:Aisha Shansudin via Change.org Reply-To: "Change.org" ;Sign My Petition,to sign my petition calling on President Obama to take action to stop the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people on his trip to Burma next week go to "Change.org".

Thank you,Aisha Shansudin
Chicago, IL