We need to do more for Rohingya refugees
Over one million Rohingya have fled violence in Myanmar since the 1990s. In Myanmar, the Rohingya escaped military attacks, “where the country’s armed forces were burning Rohingya villages, killing members of the communities and raping women and children.” (Source: VOA)
And why has this happened? Well, the Rohingya were once described by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as “one of, if not the, most discriminated people in the world.” (Source: BBC) The Rohingya are one of Myanmar’s many ethnic minorities.
“Rohingya Muslims represent the largest percentage of Muslims in Myanmar, with the majority living in Rakhine state. They have their own language and culture and say they are descendants of Arab traders and other groups who have been in the region for generations. But the government of Myanmar, a predominantly Buddhist country, denies the Rohingya citizenship and even excluded them from the 2014 census, refusing to recognize them as a people.” (Source: BBC)
Did you know there are more than 600,000 people living in an area of only 13 square kilometers in the world’s largest refugee camp — Kutupalong in Bangladesh?
In 2017, UN investigators have warned there is a “serious risk that genocidal actions may occur or recur,” BBC reports.
The situation that led to “killings, rapes and gang rapes, torture, forced displacement, and other grave rights violations” in 2017 remained unchanged. In September 2017, UN investigators blamed a lack of accountability and Myanmar’s failure to fully investigate allegations or criminalize genocide and large numbers of refugees fled to Bangladesh in 2017 joined hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who had fled Myanmar in the past, BBC reports.
Although these refugees were able to escape, their living conditions are still deemed to be unsafe. There are many concerns, including:
- Lack of adequate shelter, water and sanitation.
- Access to basic services and general protection considerations, such as safety for women and girls, especially because over 40 percent of these refugees are under the age of 12.
Our team at Humanity Auxilium is working hard to support these refugees. There are many poor conditions in these camps and we need to do better in supporting our fellow human beings. In order to do this, we need your continued support.
“You need to do what you can and live with your actions later on; donate, write to an MP, or even simply tell a friend or family member. Best case scenario, you’ll have played a small role in mitigating a genocide. Worst case, you’ll have fulfilled a commitment to your fellow human beings,” says Dr. Fozia Alvi, Humanity Auxilum’s founder.
Currently, we are working to protect refugees from the deadly COVID-19 pandemic and also support many of the orphans who live in these camps by sending them to a life skills camp. We continually ask for the support of friends, family and the international community to help us support these people. So far, we’ve only been able to do so much to support this vulnerable population, but we know we can do more.
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