Whom the Buddhists have been kicking out of Myanmar

20150401184135Barack Hussein Obama and his mainstream media water carriers like to say that the Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar (Burma) are “persecuted,” but that’s not the real story. To understand why the peaceful Buddhists have been violently retaliating against the Muslims and trying to drive them out of the country, check out the links posted after the videos.

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The BS story below from the Chicago Tribune is typical of sugar-coated picture the media has been trying to paint of the Rohingya Muslims who cannot even live in peace among the most peaceful people in the world – Buddhists.

For the majority of his life, Nasir Bin Zakaria was a citizen of nowhere. He was 14 when he was kidnapped by militants at a bazaar in west Myanmar. “Kalah,” they hissed at him, a racial slur used toward Rohingya — the ethnic Muslim minority residing among the country’s Buddhist majority. He spent a night at the militant camp before escaping to Malaysia. He never saw his parents again.

Now, at 45, he’s among almost 1,000 Rohingya refugees who’ve found a new home in Chicago, the majority of whom began arriving in 2013. The local group makes up nearly a fifth of the Rohingya refugees resettled across the country since 2010, U.S. Department of State officials said.

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Most of the roughly 300 Rohingya families in Chicago live in the Rogers Park and Albany Park neighborhoods. Up until now, they’ve had little help navigating Chicago life.

This year, however, the Rohingya population grew large enough for the Zakat Foundation of America, an Islamic nonprofit, to sponsor opening the Rohingya Cultural Center, a West Rogers Park storefront equipped with meeting space and computers.

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The center was the brainchild of Bin Zakaria, who saw a need for a place where Rohingya refugees could do everything from study English to practice their faith. The center also provides incoming Rohingya refugees unfamiliar with American society sorely needed practical advice, such as not giving out one’s Social Security number, or the proper way to answer multiple-choice questions on a driving test.

The center opened April 9 and allows Rohingya families to work on their children’s English homework together and prepare for citizenship tests. It also gives families space to worship in an open setting for the first time. Prayers are held daily, and the center also offers instruction on the Quran to children and adults.

“We are safe here in the U.S. We can practice our religion,” Bin Zakaria said. “The (best) way we can say ‘thank you’ is by becoming educated. And making sure our children are educated.”

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Abdul Jabbar, a refugee who came to Chicago in 2012, said the center creates an environment that helps keep the Rohingya heritage and culture alive.

“These children will start speaking English in school, so at the center, they can speak Rohingya,” Jabbar said. “It’s especially important for the children, to remind them of our identity and culture. To remind them the government in Burma tried to eliminate us.”(With good reason)

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In Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, the Rohingya were deprived of the most fundamental form of identity — citizenship — despite having lived in the country for several generations. They have been persecuted since a regime change in 1962, and conditions grew worse in 2013, when religious tensions with the Buddhist-led regime heightened and the government forced thousands of Rohingya into designated camps, said Vikram Nehru, a senior associate with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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In the camps, few Rohingya had access to education or health care. Mothers rarely left their homes, fearing their sons would be arrested or kidnapped by patrolling militants.

Nehru estimates about 800,000 Rohingya still live in Myanmar and the Chicago Rohingya Muslims are hoping the community center, located on Devon Avenue, will make Chicago more attractive for Rohingya resettlement so they can bring in hundreds of thousands more.

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