Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Suu Kyi Hits out at 'Totally Unaware' World

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Suu Kyi Hits out at 'Totally Unaware' World

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THE world had been waiting for Aung San Suu Kyi to address the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, but when the head of government and Nobel Peace Prize winner finally did yesterday it wasn't the response the international community wanted to hear.

Under pressure from human rights organisations to act on what has been described as "ethnic cleansing" in her country, Ms Suu Kyi fought back, saying the world was "totally unaware".

In a mass-scale scorched- earth offensive, at least 400,000 people are in peril as they flee to safety in Bangladesh three weeks after the beginning of a campaign of fires and slaughter.

Last week it was reported that up to one million people had abandoned their homes.

But Ms Suu Kyi, in a nationally televised address, denied the scale of the operation and said she did not fear the condemnation of the international community.

She said more than half of Rohingya villages were not affected by the violence and she condemned all "unlawful violence". …

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