Somali Islamists urge Muslims to aid sea stranded Rohingya
Mogadishu (Harar24) – The Somali Islamist Al-Shabaab group has called on Muslims in South East Asia to aid the persecuted Rohingya fleeing Myanmar.
In a written statement, released by the group’s media wing Al-Kata’ib, they urged Muslims in South East Asia and particularly those in Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand to help the thousands of Rohingya Muslims who they say are facing “systematic persecution at the hands of the savage Buddhists”.
The statement which used Qur’anic verses in a bid to encourage Muslims to rise up for the Rohingya cause also chastised Muslims for having “forsaken them, leaving them submerged in the depths of despair”. The group accused Muslim countries in the region of rejecting and neglecting the refugees.
The Rohingya Muslim minority have long faced discrimination and persecution at the hands of the Myanmar government. The Rohingya, many of whom live in camps in Myanmar, suffer many problems and restrictions leading them to flee on boats taking the deadly and desperate journey on sea, only to be rejected entrance by neighboring and left stranded causing a dire humanitarian crisis.
Al-Shabaab who are part of Al-Qaeda and see themselves involved in a global war, are known to often raise plights of what they see as Muslims suffering at the hands of non-Muslims, such as the situation in the Central African Republic, the Rohingya, the Palestinian cause and the war in Syria.