Rohingya refugees walk towards a refugee camp in Anjuman Para near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Picture: REUTERS
Rohingya refugees walk towards a refugee camp in Anjuman Para near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Picture: REUTERS

It is an utter shame that Pope Francis, on his visit to fascist Myanmar, chose to remain silent on the plight of the Rohingya people.

Had he spoken out forcefully, his statement would have commended itself as fulfilling humanity’s aspiration to do justice.

He chose to placate a political prostitute who was unfortunately awarded the Nobel peace prize. History will judge him accordingly.

Pope Pius XII became known to his critics as "Hitler’s pope" for avoiding public action when the Nazis began the Holocaust. Pope Francis will surely be remembered as the "mute pope" for his selective silence on the Myanmar genocide.

The western and Muslim worlds are equally complicit, having failed to prevent yet another holocaust in the 21st century.

Farouk AraieJohannesburg

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