The case of Aung San Suu Kyi and the Rohingya minority has left us thinking is she a Hero turned Villain?

Her silence on the issue of genocide and persecution of the Muslim Rohingya minority in Myanmar was questionable, with widespread violence and terror against the Rohingya and other minorities in the Rakhine state, how could Suu Kyi not be aware that her people were being persecuted and still not do or say anything to condemn these actions? Why was she choosing to stay quiet? From the outside looking in it appears as though her first year in power is not going too smoothly.

With mounting pressure from the international community as to what she was going to do about the situation, she finally broke her silence in a recent interview with the Guardian and gave us all an insight into her stance on the problem in Myanmar:

“I don’t think ethnic cleansing is going on, I think ethnic cleansing is too strong of an expression to use for what’s happening”

I guess from that we can infer that Suu Kyi is very much aware of the current state of things in her country, but just doesn’t perceive people being targeted for their ethnicity and religion and having to flee for their lives into neighbouring countries as ethnic cleansing, it’s apparently “too strong of an expression”. Disappointing and shocking are just a few words that come to mind when I hear these words coming from the Nobel Peace Prize laureate. These words were enough for me to question her credibility, for someone who had been through a struggle (put under house arrest for just over a decade under former dictatorship rule) and been oppressed its funny how quickly she forgets what oppression looks like.

Although a year into the new diplomatic government the problems Myanmar faces today have been around for decades and realistically speaking can’t be solved in a year, Myanmar has always experienced conflict between its ethnic minorities, it almost runs through the veins of Myanmar.

Rumour has it that the outburst of violence against the minorities in the Rahkine state is over land, the Rohingya minority occupy land that the government and investors want to use for development and their refusal to leave has resulted in an outburst of violence and forced expulsion. Whatever the reason may be I think we can all agree and say something needs to be done to stop the discrimination and killing of innocent people.

Has Aung San Suu Kyi turned into a villain? If I’m being honest, I’m on the fence, the woman she is today seems to be a shadow of the woman I grew up reading about and admiring. Nonetheless, as much as I don’t agree with her treatment on the matter I need to bare in mind that things are never as they seem for that reason I’m still waiting to see how Suu Kyi will solve this problem and bring peace and unity into Myanmar in the next coming months and years, it is going to be an uphill battle that is for sure.

 

The floor is yours President Barrow.

Last week Gambia’s former president Yayha Jammeh at last agreed to step down officially ending his 22 year long reign in the country. Shortly after conceding he headed for Equatorial Guinea where he will remain in exile.

Just as all seems to be going well and we’re about to pop the champagne, it is revealed the in the weeks running up to his exile Jammeh stole $11.4 million from Gambia, spending the money on luxury cars and other goods. Of course, how could he possibly leave empty handed and without further crippling the country’s finances?

The 2016 Gambian elect saw it’s youth come together to oust it leader and elect Barrow into power. If its one thing this has taught me it is that when the youth exercise their rights to vote they are able to take back control from the hands of those who see them as disposable and decide their own futures for themselves. It gives me hope, although not always possible, this situation has shown it can be done.

So now the floor is yours President Barrow, let’s see what you can do for your country and its youth, men and women. Let’s see if you can do better to stop your people travelling through desserts, sea and foreign lands to get to so called greener pastures in Europe.

No pressure.

Your time is up Jammeh!

The political tension in West Africa is growing as Yahya Jammeh is yet to step down as president following defeat in last year’s election. 

In December 2016 the Gambian people cast their votes for a new leader and democratically elected the former Londoner Adama Barrow. Problem is the current leader Yahya Jammeh has rejected the results and is now refusing to step down. Here we go again.

Yayha Jammeh former military coup member has been Gambia’s president since 1994, his refusal to concede has caused tensions in the region resulting in an estimated 26,000 people fleeing Gambia to Senegal and other neighbouring countries.

His feeling of entitlement and pride has led to this situation that could very easily take a turn for the worst if he does not leave by 19th January 2017. The same day that is supposed to be the inauguration of President-elect Adama Barrow. Talk about raining on someone’s parade. 

Such leaders profess their love for their country and its people yet disregard their voices, democratic rights at such a crucial time. 

Your 22 year reign is up Mr Jammeh, the people have spoken.