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Want Global Peace? Stand Up, Speak Out, Activism is Everyone’s Duty

In a world marked by conflict, injustice, and inequality, the role of activism is more crucial than ever.

Maung Sawyeddollah
Selfie with participants joined in a advocacy campaign in Kutupalong, Camp 1E calling for inclusion of Rohingya in decision making process.

My name is Muang Sawyeddollah, and as a Rohingya human rights activist, I have witnessed firsthand the devastating impact of violence and persecution. Forced to flee


my home in Myanmar during the genocide against my people, I sought refuge in the Cox's Bazar refugee camp in Bangladesh, where over one million Rohingya have found shelter. My journey from a high school student to an activist has underscored the importance of advocacy and collective action in addressing global issues.

 

Activism is not merely a choice but a responsibility that falls on every individual who believes in justice, equality, and peace.

 

The urgency of this call to action can be illustrated through my story and the broader context of global struggles for human rights.

When I was a student in Myanmar, the escalating violence and systematic genocide against the Rohingya by the government and extremist factions forced me to leave my homeland. In the refugee camp, I became acutely aware of the atrocities my people had endured. This awareness galvanized me to act. Organizing the first anniversary of Rohingya Genocide Day on August 25, 2018, was a pivotal moment. The success of this event inspired me to establish the Rohingya Student Network (RSN). Our mission at RSN is to empower the Rohingya community, amplify our voices, and advocate for justice and peace.

 

The plight of the Rohingya is a stark reminder of the consequences of global inaction. It is a call to everyone to become an activist, not just for their own community but for all marginalized and oppressed groups worldwide. Across the globe, countless communities suffer from systemic injustices. From Rohingya genocide in Myanmar to racial discrimination in many parts of the world, the fight for human rights is far from over. Activism is essential in highlighting these issues and pushing for substantive change.

 

When individuals come together to advocate for a cause, their collective power can bring about significant change. History is replete with examples of successful movements, from the Civil Rights Movement in the United States to the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. If we ignore the suffering of others, we become complicit in perpetuating injustice. It is our moral duty to stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. Activists inspire others to join the cause and keep the momentum of social movements alive. By becoming an activist, we not only fight for change but also inspire future generations to continue the struggle.

 

In my journey, receiving recognitions such as the Kofi Annan Next Generation Democracy Award finalist and the Young Activist Award 2023 has been humbling. These honors reflect the power of activism and the impact that one voice, when joined by many, can achieve. But these accolades are not just personal milestones; they are a testament to what collective action can accomplish. The time to act is now. The world needs more activists, more voices speaking out against injustice, and more hands working towards peace. Each of us has the power to make a difference. By becoming activists, we can create a world where peace and justice are not just ideals but realities.

 

Let us remember that the fight for a better world begins with us. It is not enough to hope for change; we must actively work towards it. Join the movement, raise your voice, and be the change you wish to see in the world. For in the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

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