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Rohingyas coming? State Dept. say it isn’t so!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 17, 2008

I’m starting to see a pattern.   News articles appear that tell us that this group or that group is living in some squalid camp somewhere in the world and a ‘durable solution’ is needed.  Watch out for that phrase ‘durable solution,’ that’s UN humanitarian refugee industry code for the West needs to take refugees pronto.  

So last night when I saw this article in the News from Bangladesh my alarm bells went off. 

The Rohingya refugee problem in Bangladesh is a decades-long pending issue. According to the official record, there are some 26,000 Rohingya refugees in two official camps in Cox’s Bazar, a southern district of Bangladesh bordering Burma. The government of Bangladesh manages these camps with assistance from UN refugee agency, UNHCR. These refugees are the remainder of some 258,000 Rohingyas who left Burma to escape the genocidal operation led by the Burmese military rulers against the Rohingyas in 1991- 92.
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So, as a part of their protection, the Bangladesh government should take urgent step to recognize them as refugees and to raise the issue in the international forum with a view to find out a durable solution to their problem.

The above is written by:    

Ahmedur Rahman Farooq, Chairman, The Council for Restoration of Democracy in Burma (CRDB) and a member of The Union of Rohingya Communities in Europe (URCE). Norway. 

Guess you folks in Norway already have Rohingyas and maybe we have too!    We were told in Hagerstown that the Burmese planned for our city were all Christian Karen people.  Were they?    I’ve also heard rumblings that the largest Burmese refugee community in the US, in Ft. Wayne, IN, has some tension growing between Karen and some Burmese Muslims.  Could it be Rohingya?

Who are the Rohingya?   Just google Rohingya and Al Qaeda and you will learn all you need to know.  Here is a quote from a Hudson Institute report.

In addition to minority flight, there have been other factors augmenting the relative power of the Islamists. Since 1991, perhaps as many as 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have entered Bangladesh across its southeastern border with Myanmar (Burma), a Jamaat-e-Islami stronghold.  Many reside between the port city of Cox’s Bazaar and the Myanmar border. Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing, the Islami Chatra League, have worked to radicalize these refugees, who are probably more susceptible to religious indoctrination after their persecution in Myanmar. Indeed, according to reports by human rights groups on local minorities, many of Harakat ul-Jihad Islami’s newest members are recruited from the Rohingya settlements.

And, if you don’t believe the Hudson Institute, how about Time magazine:

Today, southern Bangladesh has become a haven for hundreds of jihadis on the lam. They find natural allies in Muslim guerrillas from India hiding out across the border, and in Muslim Rohingyas, tens of thousands of whom fled the ethnic and religious suppression of the Burmese military junta in the late 1970s and 1980s. Many Rohingyas are long-term refugees, but some are trained to cause trouble back home in camps tolerated by a succession of Bangladeshi governments. The original facilities date back to 1975, making them Asia’s oldest jihadi training camps. And one former Burmese guerrilla who visits the camps regularly describes three near Ukhia, south of the town of Cox’s Bazar, as able to accommodate a force of 2,500 between them.

So, by now you are thinking we can’t be that stupid.  We really wouldn’t even give a moments thought to bringing Rohingya into the United States.   Afterall, didn’t President Bush say we were fighting Al Qaeda over there so we didn’t have to fight them here?

You can imagine my shock to find this sandwiched in the testimony of Kenneth Bacon of Refugees International, the refugee industry’s lobbying arm,  before a House Appropriations Subcommittee hearing testimony on the funds needed for refugee resettlement for 2008:

I urge the Subcommittee to continue this support, while at the same time not forgetting often overlooked refugee and displaced populations, like the 29,000 stateless Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

So, State Department, tell me it isn’t so.  We aren’t actually bringing Rohingya into the United States?  These aren’t the refugees former Asst. Secretary Sauerbrey had in mind when she said we need to bring refugees here because they become terrorists in the camps?

By the way, these poor and destitute Rohingyas have their own English language website here.

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23 Responses to “Rohingyas coming? State Dept. say it isn’t so!”

  1. [...] scroll all the way back through our entire Rohingya Reports category to the beginning you will find this post in which I wrote about how Time magazine and the Hudson Institute both linked Rohingya [...]

  2. [...] posted on it almost two years ago here.   I was told we didn’t take Rohingya Muslims as part of our refugee resettlement program [...]

  3. [...] out of Burma into neighboring countries.   Bangladesh which has camps for them at places like Cox’s Bazaar has apparently had it and are returning them to Burma as soon as they come across the border [...]

  4. Informedguy said

    INTERNATIONAL NON-MUSLIM SOCIETY IS IGNORANT OF ISLAMIZATION STARATAGIES.
    As far as I understand,we non-Muslims of the world are committing slow and sure suicide of our non-Muslim way of life and freedom in the long-term by accepting more of these Muslim immigrants and Muslim-refugees into our midst.As a matter of fact,these people are migrant weapons used as part of global islamization aimed to achieve demographic conquest of all the remaining non-Muslim lands and transform al-dar-harb(the house of war,i.e.non-Muslim areas)into al-dar-Islam (the house of Islam,i.e.Islamis lands.If we non-Muslims continue our ignorant ways of supporting very deceptive islamization strategies knowingly or unknowingly,we are going to face our slow death within a few hundred years from now!

    • Ahmed Shafi said

      Hi, Informedguy.

      I do agree. Your point is very wise. But, there are some universal rules we must put it in our mind. Believe or not, there is no way to be in leading position without applying freedom and justice. This rule is what we see now! The USA is leading the world! Not other Muslim or non-Muslim nations, because they are in severe lack of justice, and leadership chances are mostly in favor of who believe and practice justice. And I’m very sure that this rule is very impartial. So, NO FEAR IF JUSTICE IS THERE. :-)

  5. [...] The author is either not informed or is purposefully ignoring reports of Rohingya involvement with Islamic terrorist groups, for example here, here and here. [...]

  6. [...] wrote about the camps at Cox’s Bazaar in my first post on Rohingya here.  Note these camps are believed to be home to Islamic [...]

  7. [...] Posted by acorcoran on January 5, 2009 Other than Time magazine in 2002,  I haven’t even seen the word Rohingya in any American mainstream media story.  The article in Time linked the Rohingya to Al Qaeda. (See my first post from a year ago on the Rohingya with the link to Time here.) [...]

  8. [...] that the US State Department did not want to be coerced into resettling Rohingya refugees.  Here is the first post I wrote on the subject.    You will see that some Rohingya are involved with [...]

  9. [...] one of my earliest posts on the Rohingya here, then come back to this in The [...]

  10. [...] our whole category on the strict Rohingya Muslims here.  In the very first post I did on this group I quoted both the Hudson Institute and Time (yes! Time) magazine on allegations [...]

  11. [...] my original post on the Rohingya here.   And for more information, note we have a whole category called Rohingya [...]

  12. [...] Here is what Time magazine said about the Rohingya in Bangladesh a few years ago (read our whole post here):  [...]

  13. [...] Read about Jihadi training camps at Cox’s Bazar in this earlier post. [...]

  14. acorcoran said

    Thanks for your comment Tanvir Chowdhury. Until recently no one questioned refugee resettlement in the US (or very few did), however 9/11 has definitely created a new atmosphere about immigrants to America. Our goal at RRW is to show all sides of the question, to get beyond the “humanitarian” hype and address such things as the cost of resettlement and whether the immigrants coming have a desire to blend into American culture or to reject it, live outside it, and try to change our American values established by our Constitution and founding Fathers.

    By the way, it is those values and freedoms that are now attracting so many immigrants to America. If they want to come and join us and be Americans, great. If not, then don’t come.

    There are many here who will fight to the death to keep Sharia law from our shores. And, it is my firm belief that Rohingya refugees will be among those who come to change us.

    • Ahmed Shafi said

      Yes, I do agree and see your fear somewhat reasonable. Because in the future, there must be some bilateral changes. In other words, the immigrants must influence on the native society and vise versa. But the fact is that the USA is in a leading position and seen by others as a superior power. So, according to this high mission taken by the USA and its widely respected society and culture, I humbly believe that the USA has obligations to protect the vulnerable people and help who is severely in need of aid, regardless of their ideology. Otherwise, it is very obviously Islamophobic and double stander manner of treating needy Muslims.

      The paranoid fear of being changed and influenced by some deadly poor shelter seeking refugees is very obvious selfishness. Rohingyas are like other people who have dreams and may be they are better than other immigrants in respecting the host culture and values. I believe, the Rohingyas worth a chance to prove that. Because more isolation towards them will give more chances for extremist pro Islamic groups to recruit them, and that was the fact when the international community ignored them for more than six decades. Simultaneously, the pro Islamic cells were very active among them and inserted their ideology to some of them. It is not too late to reestablish a new impartial view among the Rohingya youth, by making real and respectful bonds with them. So, they can have a chance to contribute and cooperate in making the international peace.

  15. It is sad to see that most of the comments posted are subjective & emotional in nature . The issues related to refugees are mainly humanitarians . It is possible that there are negative side to refugees residing in a specific country , some are exploited by vested interest groups for political purpose no doubt on that . However for the vast majority, it’s very much a question of survival and of having a place of shelter , and no doubt they need help from all countries . The demographic make up of the world was never static and will never remain so . Look where the European settled ( Australia , Americas- western hemisphere & so on ) within last 300 years and what happened to the indigenous people there rights and land ?- of course most of you will justify and rationalize as to how it came about . The reality is people will move on to better pasture -it’s survival instinct -natural progression if you will . The population vs resource will continue to change the demographics – that’s the fact and it is a natural dynamics, that we will not be able to alter . So let’s be realistic

  16. [...] Go back and read our previous posts beginning with this one.   And, then go back further to this one. [...]

  17. [...] Muslims and the agitation has begun to bring them to America.   Take a minute and go back to my original post of a few weeks [...]

  18. [...] of it, Ken Bacon was also the guy testifying to Congress this past year about saving those poor Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, you know those refugees who will turn into terrorists if we don’t get them over here and [...]

  19. JSBolton said

    At the same time these journalists are touting Chittagong, the regional metropolis of that part of Bangladesh, as one of the world’s fastest-growing cities, as in the current issue of Foreign Policy. If Chittagong is to take its place among the world’s great cities, and eclipse the slow-growing ones, why is it a bad place for refugees from that region? Ref. For Pol 1&2 ’08 p.42

  20. acorcoran said

    If you would like more information on terrorism in Bangladesh (where the Rohingya are presently located) see this 2005 report on Asia that I have just found at the Investigative Project. It’s a Congressional Research Service Report. http://www.investigativeproject.org/documents/testimony/36.pdf

  21. usorthem said

    I am almost afraid to come to this sight now because everyday I visit, I read of some stupid asinine immigration or refugee policy that the U.S. has adapted that only further assist muslim infiltration of our society. But I’ll come back anyway. To stick my head in the sand and ignore these problems, hoping that they will just go away is foolish.

    So now when we here of Burmese refugees being taken within our borders, we have to think about whether they are MUSLIM Burmese who will as most immigrant muslims to the west do, refuse to assimilate and make constants demands for accomodation.

    I had no idea there was such a demoographic as Burmese Muslim.

    Thank you RRW for keeping track of this stuff.

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