The Rohingya are the world’s most persecuted minority.
They are being persecuted by the Myanmarese Government who are denying them citizenship and rights. They are forced to live in one of the poorest states in the country, Rakhine, in ghetto-like camps without basic services – and aren’t allowed to leave without government permission.
There are about 1.1 million Rohingya, most of whom are Muslim, and hundreds of thousands of them have been forced to flee to other countries like Bangladesh because of ongoing violence and persecution.
We are not alone in seeing the need to make a difference. The United Nations has called the situation “the most urgent refugee emergency in the world.”
The Rohingya have to struggle through life – with unfair restrictions placed on studying, working, travelling, marrying, the ability to practice their religion, and access to health care. They’re not allowed to vote – so have no hope of ever changing their fortunes.
The Myanmarese Government has been accused of rape, arson, extrajudicial killing, and ethnic cleansing by the United Nations and Human Rights Watch.
Since the late 1970s, nearly one million Rohingya have fled Myanmar due to widespread persecution. According to the most recently available data from the United Nations in May 2017, more than 168,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar since 2012. Following violence that broke out last year, more than 87,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh from October 2016 to July 2017, according to the International Organization for Migration.
State Chancellor Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of Myanmar, has refused to talk about the issue and also to criticise the indiscriminate force being used by her country’s military. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate has proven that she doesn’t care about the people living in the country she rules.
The government has closed off the region, refusing to allow journalists and aid workers in. They are also accusing aid workers of aiding terrorism.
Bangladesh’s foreign minister has called the violence ‘a genocide’. Their National Commission for Human Rights has publicly considered “pressing for a trial against Myanmar, and against the Myanmar army at an international tribunal” on charges of genocide.
Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visited a Rohingya refugee camp in September 2017 and called on the UN and the international community to pressure Myanmar’s government to allow the return of hundreds of thousands Rohingya refugees.
We won’t give up on these people, people who need our help. By supporting Don’t Hate, Donate’s Rohingya appeal, you’ll be helping to save and build thousands of lives.