President Erdogan blames world “blind and deaf” to Muslim Rohingya plight
Ankara, Aug. 29: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged the international community to step up efforts to help Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority, blaming the world was “blind and deaf” to their plight, local TV station reported Tuesday.
The Rohingya, one of the world’s largest stateless communities, are fleeing in droves towards Bangladesh, trying to escape the latest surge in violence in Rakhine state between a shadowy militant group and Myanmar’s military.
The UN refugee agency said over 3,000 had arrived in the past three days, as people told of how they fled for their lives from Myanmar’s army.
“Unfortunately I can say the world is blind and deaf to what is going on in Myanmar,” Erdogan said in a live television interview marking his three years as president.
He described the latest flight of refugees towards Bangladesh as an “extremely painful event” and vowed to take up the issue at the UN General Assembly next month.