NEWS FROM STRASBOURG / Poem by Siti Ruqaiyah HASHIM 

Poem by Siti Ruqaiyah HASHIM 

 

NEWS FROM STRASBOURG

They said till now
More than 10,000 had perished
Washed to the shores
Greece, Italy, Libya and others
Also those
Had not been found
Their names not known
Little Aylan Kurdi from Syria
Amongst them
Yes, almost all of them
Were Muslims

Strasbourg
Wait. There are more!
What about these people?
Abd.Kareem, Fatimah and Hanafi
And more Rakhine people
Perished in the Andaman Sea?
They didn’t run
From their anscestor’s land of Arakan
But their homes burnt
Killed and chased from their own land

Apparently
They are not Myanmar
They are immigrants
Because they are Muslims
They are different
From Buddha our religion
That’s why Rakhine has no right
On the soil of Myanmar
That’s what
Those in power and holding guns said

But wasn’t it
More than 400 years
Arakan was their home?
They had representatives in parliament
Community leaders
Also political parties
How could they say
Rakhine not Myanmar?

Strasbourg!
Don’t forget the sufferings of Rakhine
Don’t forget they are being exterminated

Genocide is happening there
Genocide is happening there
In many Muslim lands
Genocide happened in many ways
Many forms

Genocide is happening everywhere!
Genocide is happening everywhere!

Prague-Belgrade-Istanbul 
August 2016

TRANSLATED FROM BAHASA MELAYU 
FROM: NEWS FROM STRASBOURG ANTHOLOGY.

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