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Rohingya face population control pressure on both sides of the border |MercatorNet|December 6, 2017|MercatorNet|

Rohingya face population control pressure on both sides of the border

|MercatorNet|December 6, 2017|MercatorNet|

Rohingya face population control pressure on both sides of the border

Bangladesh is trying to sell the refugees on the virtues of contraception
Michael Cook | Dec 6 2017 | comment 

Over 600,000 Rohingya refugees crossed the border from Myanmar to Bangladesh since the end of August -- joining the 200,000 who were already there. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, many have reported that their villages were razed by Myanmar troops and local militias. There are stories of parents or relatives who were killed in front of their children and women and girls who have been raped or brutalized. In the camps just over the border in Bangladesh, the refugees live in makeshift shelters with poor hygiene and water shortages. 
One strand in the persecution of the Rohingya Muslims by the Myanmar government was population control. Since 2005, the government tried to enforce a two-child policy. Back in 2015, Physicians for Human Rights complained that Millennium Development Goals were being used by the government to force the Rohingya to have fewer children.
And now, in the squalid camps in Bangladesh, the Bangladesh government is trying to sell the same message -- with no more luck than their Myanmar counterparts. Public health official Dr Pintu Bhattacharya told Australia’s ABC that a Bangladeshi incentive scheme should be extended to the refugees. They are paid a small amount for voluntary sterilisation. "If we do not have this program among refugees then we will have more pregnancies, more newborns and more population," he says.
Rohingya families are large and some men have several wives. Most couples have six or seven children and family planning workers have met families with 19 children. Many told AFP that a large family will help them survive in the camps. Many also believe that contraception is against Islam.
In the light of the fact that the Myanmar government weaponised contraception to control the Rohingya, perhaps it is understandable that these desperate refugees believe that large families represent freedom. 
Michael Cook is editor of MercatorNet. This post has been republished from BioEdge, which he also edits.


I don’t know why Darwinists are so prickly about the Great Man’s theory of evolution being questioned. As long as people are arguing about natural selection etc he will never be forgotten, but remain on the lips of schoolchildren and scientists alike, until (shocking thought) eclipsed by some other genius.

In any case debate about Darwin shows no sign of dying out. Today Denyse O’Leary reviews Purpose and Desire, a recent book by New York environmental scientist J. Scott Turner. The book’s long title reveals the plot neatly: What Makes Something "Alive" and Why Modern Darwinism Has Failed to Explain It.

Denyse’s review reminded me of an even more subversive title that came out earlier this year: Charles Darwin, Victorian Mythmaker, by A. N. Wilson, who has written numerous books on prominent Victorians. It has infuriated scientists but, perhaps for that very reason, sounds worth a read.

I wonder what Darwin would have thought of head transplantation? It is something that surgeons in China and Italy are attempting, though it sounds like unnatural selection to me. Q: what’s the difference between God and a surgeon? See Michael Cook’ s article for an answer.

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