Are we human enough to stand up for the Rohingya?
I am Zarni, a Buddhist, Bama born and raised in Mandalay by a large extended family with lots of Tatmadaw soldiers.
I am nothing special, nor do I feel superior morally to any other Burmese.
But I am human enough to say "No!" to my country's genocide, while most of my fellow Burmese keep their mouths shut.
I would qualify for the nation's honour:
Burmese traitor to the Union of the Republic of Myanmar.
My country - Myanmar - which calls itself "Buddhist" has been committing a slow genocide against the Rohingya since Feb 1978.
Genocide begins, and ends, with the intentional destruction of a group's identity.
It is state-organized and systematically executed.
Millions of Burmese support this genocide and participate in it psychologically (at the mental level) at least while a smaller number join the organized violence and other genocidal acts against the Rohingya.
But I say "Not in my name."
If you are human enough you too would stand up and say "No!" - loudly and unequivocally - to Myanmar's slow genocide of the Rohingya, the only ethnic group that is not waging an armed struggle, asking for a separate state, or arguing to be added to the official fiction: "135 ethnic national races".