That is perhaps what The U.S Holocaust Memorial Museum messaged Burmese politician, Aung San Suu Kyi, regarding her silence on the Rohingya crisis, before eventually revoking its prestigious human rights award, the Elie Wiesel Award, on March 8. Despite having strong support for spear-heading pro-democracy movement in Myanmar, Aung San provokes the ire of the Burmese by refusing to take a stand on the Rohingya crisis in the Northern Rakhine Province, which is so far the fastest-growing refugee crisis. Since August 2017, more than half a million Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh to avoid persecution from Myanmar’s security forces. While still proudly a Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi probably didn’t like how her International Women’s Day went. However, instead of worrying about her awards right now, the leader should be more concerned about putting a halt on the renewed violence, including reported rape, murder, and arson, against her own people.
Written by Uyen Le-Khuc