Muslims in Myanmar fearful during Ramadan

Country’s leaders need to heal the wounds caused by discrimination, says cardinal

This photo taken on June 30, 2014 shows a young Myanmar Muslim praying during the start of the holy month of Ramadan at Bahadur Shah Zafar Dargah in Yangon.  Across the Muslim world during Ramadan, the faithful fast from dawn to dusk, and abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and having sex during that time as they strive to be more pious and charitable.     AFP PHOTO / SOE THAN WIN / AFP PHOTO / Soe Than WIN
A 2014 file image of a young Myanmar Muslim boy praying during the start of the holy month of Ramadan at Bahadur Shah Zafar Dargah in Yangon. (Photo by AFP)
John Zaw, Mandalay
Myanmar

 

Myanmar’s minority Muslims are concerned by a rise in anti-Muslim sentiment being stoked by hardline Buddhist monks during the holy month of Ramadan.

Tin Maung Than, general secretary of the Islamic Religious Council of Myanmar, said that Muslims in Yangon’s outskirts have faced difficulty even to worship at their religious school due to the pressure from radical Buddhist monks.

“I’m very proud of being both a Muslim and citizen of Myanmar,” said Tin Maung Than. “But we still face discrimination and oppression. It’s all a legacy of the military dictatorship beginning in1962,” he said.

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