Below is 5 year-old Soborno Isaac’s New Year Speech ,The Love, in which he shares his dreams to create a world without terrorism:
Today, as Americans join people around the world to say goodbye to 2017, I want to wish everyone–including Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews and Christians– a happy and healthy New Year. I also want to congratulate Farjana Marjia- and Sadiyan Lima for winning the “Bari Science Lab “Person of the Year” Prize. I want you to stand up to give these two Muslim women a round of applause.
Marjia and Sadiyan make me proud of all the women in the world except Aung San Suu Kyi. I also want to thank HrishiKesh ChakraBorty for producing “I Love Christmas” and Uday Bangali for making such a masterpiece to inspire youths such as Marjia and Sadiyan. Now I’ll tell you a sad story: I lost my brother last year. His name was Abdul Masud. He was only 40 days old. Aung San Suu Kyi is directly responsible for his death. I want you to stand up to remain in silence for 20 seconds for my brother Abdul Masood.
Therefore, my speech has two part: Part 1 : Tragedy. I will tell you about the tragedy of my Rohingya family. And Part 2 is about hope: I will explore the future, and talk about the greatest hope of my life when I saw two Muslim women from two leading universities of Bangladesh, Marjia (Jahangirnagar University) and Sadiyan (Dhaka University) stand up to support me in creating a world without terrorism.
PART 1 : TRAGEDY
So let’s start with Rohingya–because nothing is more important than family and as I have mentioned before, I consider Rohingya as my own family. The world have seen two monsters: a male monster and a female monster. The male monster, Hitler, killed millions of Jews and female monster, Aung San Suu Kyi, killed thousands of Muslim.
As you know, president Obama said he is very proud of me because I can solve Ph.D level math, physics and chemistry problems. So I should be solving math problems now rather than giving a speech for Rohingya. But faces of many lifeless children of Rohingya like my brother Abdul Masood have forced me to make this speech. How can I solve math problems when Aung San Suu Kyi refused to stop killing my Rohingya family? This is why, I’m giving this speech on the first day of the New Year as a brother of Abdul Masood, a 40 days old boy who lost his life due to the reckless behavior of Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
As you know, Rohingyas started living in Burma since 3000 BC. But more than thousands of years later, my Rohingya family is still not free. Thousands of years later, Rohingya still has not gained voting power. Thousands of years later, Rohingya still have no access to education. Thousands of years later, my Rohingya family still finds himself an exile in his own country. Thousands of years later, Rohingyas are still homeless. Thousands of years later, Rohingya husbands are still forced to watch their wife get raped by Buddhist monks. Thousands of years later, Rohingya parents still find the dead body of their children floating on the water. This is why I want you to stand up against this evil on the First Day of the New Year.
We shouldn’t call this crisis in Burma a Rohingya problem. We shouldn’t call it a Muslim problem. We should call it a human problem. In fact, we should call it a human crisis because when Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Laureate, is responsible for the death of 40 days old boy Abdul Masood, then you just can’t call it a Rohingya problem. You call it a human crisis. When Aung San Suu Kyi, a woman, is responsible for the rape of thousands of Rohingya women, then you don’t call it a Muslim problem, you call it a human problem. In fact, you don’t call it a human problem, you call it a human tragedy. This is why I chose this topic for my New Year’s speech.
Now I want to talk to 1.7 billion Muslims as directly as possible as a brother: Listen to me, Nothing is more important than education. President Obama gave me recognition because of my love for education. Oxford University Vice Chancellor Dr. Richardson sent me a gift because I love math and science. City College of New York President Lisa Coico named me the “Einstein of our time” because of my commitment for secular education. Unfortunately, the children of Rohingyas are mostly uneducated. This is because they don’t have access to school. This is why, I have a dream to build 111 academic institutions in Arakan (Rakhine State): 100 schools, 10 colleges and 1 university. These 111 schools will make them fall in love with math and science and teach them Rohingya philosophy. In his article, Justice for Rohingya, my father wrote that the Rohingya philosophy is a self-help philosophy, that includes sending every Rohingya child to school, making them fall in love with math and science, reading books and having a maximum of two children per family. And the core of Rohingya philosophy is this: planting a dream into the mind of every Rohingya child that they too can become next Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein.
PART 2: HOPE:
That takes me to Part II of my speech, which will also focus on women. But this time, good women: Sadyan (Dhaka University) & Marjia (Jahangirnagar University)
I’m very grateful to HrishiKesh ChakraBorty and Uday Bangali for making a movie (I Love Christmas) that inspired millions of people around the world to say no to terrorism, such as Sadiyan and Marjia. Sadiyan is a student of Dhaka University and Marjia is a student of Jahangirnagar University. These two girls joined me to create a world without terrorism! By doing so, they have become the Symbol of all Muslim Women. Soon billions of Muslim women will get inspired by Sadiyan and Marjia and stand up to terrorism. Safir Biplob’s lesson to his son has become the dialogue of every peace lover in the world: “I’m a Muslim, but I also love Hinduism, Buddhism ,Judaism and a Christianity. I love Eid, but I also love Durga Puja, Yom Kippur, Buddha Purnima, And Christmas”.
I’m thrilled to learn that Gulzar will make the Hollywood version of the movie–which I asked my father to name “The Love”. It is that spirit that makes me dream. Like Sadiyan Lima and Farjana Marjia , I have a dream that one day Aung San Suu Kyi will say: “I’m a Buddhist but I also Love Muslims”. Like Uday Bangali , HrishiKesh ChakraBorty and Safir Biplob, I have a dream that one day all Muslims will say, I love Islam, but I also love Hindus, Buddhists, Jews and Christians”. Like Zahid Hossain, I have a dream that one day every child will fall in love with math and science. Like Katie and Lawrence , I have a dream that one day every child will dream to become next Newton or Einstein.
Gulzar, I gave you my dreams. Now go change the world through your movie, “The Love”. Thank you.