Carthage speakers to detail roots of Rohingya humanitarian crisis

Carthage speakers to detail roots of Rohingya humanitarian crisis


KENOSHA, Wis. – Two prominent advocates for the Rohingya, a stateless group considered among the most persecuted minorities in the world, will explain the history of the crisis in a free public presentation at Carthage College.

The public is welcome to attend the talk, which is scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 18. It will be held in the Campbell Student Union Auditorium on the south end of the Carthage campus, 2001 Alford Park Drive.

The guest speakers are U Shwe Maung, a former member of Parliament in Myanmar, the country at the center of the dispute; and Shaukhat Kyaw Soe Aung Ali, founder and executive director of the Milwaukee-based Rohingya American Society.

In August, investigators for the United Nations recommended that Myanmar’s military leaders face international prosecution for genocide against the predominantly Muslim people. Officials in the Southeast Asian nation deny any wrongdoing, contending that military action was used strictly in response to terrorist attacks by Rohingya militia.

Hundreds of thousands of refugees have fled Myanmar since the military campaign intensified in 2017. More than 500 Rohingya families now live in the Milwaukee area.

About Carthage College –
Carthage combines an environment of reflection and self-discovery with a culture of high expectation so our students uncover and ignite their true potential. A four-year, private liberal arts college with roots in the Lutheran tradition, Carthage has a prime location in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The campus, an 80-acre arboretum on the shore of Lake Michigan, is home to 150 scholars, 2,600 full-time students, and 400 part-time students.

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