Posted: August 26, 2018
Written by: Genocide Survivors Foundation
On August 24th, Genocide Survivors Foundation (GSF) participated in a multi-faith procession in New York City to raise awareness about the ongoing genocide against the Rohingya people in Burma otherwise known as Myanmar.
The awareness raising procession which took place on the one year anniversary of when the genocide began was attended by many activists and began at the Islamic cultural center of New York continued on to Park Avenue Synagogue then on to Church of the Advent Hope and ended at the Permanent Mission of Burma to the United Nations.
The procession was organized by the Burma Task Force, an organization which has been at the forefront of raising awareness about the genocide and raising support for survivors.
At the end of the procession, a number of activists were invited to speak including Genocide Survivors founder and president Jacqueline Murekatete. Ms. Murekatete began by briefly sharing her own experience as a survivor of the 1994 genocide against Tutsis in Rwanda in which she lost her entire immediate family and most of her extended family. She recounted the horrors she witnessed and then went on to talk about how heartbreaking it is for her and other survivors to know that another genocide is happening.
“It is extremely difficult for me to see Rohingya men being murdered and tortured, women and girls being raped simply because of their identity. Genocide is the worst crime that human beings can commit against one another. There is simply no worst injustice than to be killed simply because of who you are,” said Ms. Murekatete
She called on the United Nations Security Council to start doing more to stop the genocide. Ms. Murekatete encouraged everyone in attendance to continue to speak up and mobilizing on behalf of the Rohingya people and not give up on demanding an immediate end to the genocide.
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