Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi presented the newly arrived US ambassador, Scot A. Marciel, with a copy of the newly revised Burmese newspeak dictionary. The dictionary, which was originally published in 1984, does not contain the word “Rohingya”. The Burmese government is ademant that the “Rohingya” do not exist, and to think that they do is considered thoughtcrime in the new Democracy.
Many nationalist Buddhists reject the name Rohingya and call them Bengalis, implying that they are interlopers from Bangladesh, a position also taken by the former military government. The United States Embassy recently drew criticism for using the word Rohingya in a statement expressing condolences for the deaths of at least 20 people whose boat capsized on April 19 off the coast of Rakhine.
Editors note: We would like to have photo of Suu Kyi with the new Ambassador but there isn't one. We wonder why that is?
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