Rohingya appeal

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The Rohingya have faced decades of discrimination, violence, and repression under successive Myanmar governments. Effectively denied citizenship under the 1982 Citizenship Law, they are one of the largest stateless populations and persecuted group in the world. 

Over 1 million Rohingya are currently living in overcrowded camps in Bangladesh, most of whom fled Myanmar since August 2017 to escape the military’s crimes against humanity and possible genocide. They were subjected to untold levels of brutality, men, women, and children were maimed and where possibly they were burnt alive in their houses. Women were raped whilst their loved ones were forced to witness this brutal act. IHRC sent out a fact-finding mission during the crisis to document the crimes committed against the Rohingya. Since 2017, we have committed to support the Rohingya with food aid and we continue to campaign for their human rights.

The Rohingya reside in the world’s largest refugee settlement and are almost completely reliant on food aid as they are not allowed to work or freely travel beyond the camps. The UN has been forced to cut food rations for Rohingya refugees by 17% and has warned of “unconscionable” further cuts in April this year as a result of dwindling international donations. The World Food Programme (WFP) said it needs $125m (£104m) urgently to avoid the further cuts. UN officials have stated “the repercussions of these cuts will be immediate and long lasting, as refugees remain almost entirely dependent on this assistance for their nutritional needs”.

The Rohingya refugees face dire consequences should there be further shortage of food. Acute malnutrition levels remain high and chronic malnutrition is pervasive among the Rohingya refugee population in Bangladesh, with more than a third of children stunted and underweight.

How you can help

The Rohingya have faced decades of discrimination, violence, and repression under successive Myanmar governments. Effectively denied citizenship under the 1982 Citizenship Law, they are one of the largest stateless populations and persecuted group in the world. 

Over 1 million Rohingya are currently living in overcrowded camps in Bangladesh, most of whom fled Myanmar since August 2017 to escape the military’s crimes against humanity and possible genocide. They were subjected to untold levels of brutality, men, women, and children were maimed and where possibly they were burnt alive in their houses. Women were raped whilst their loved ones were forced to witness this brutal act. IHRC sent out a fact-finding mission during the crisis to document the crimes committed against the Rohingya. Since 2017, we have committed to support the Rohingya with food aid and we continue to campaign for their human rights.

It is reported that over 7,000 Rohingya refugees have been made homeless as fire blazes through a camp in Cox’s Bazar, the largest refugee camp in the world. Bangladesh is home to over a 1 million Rohingya refugees and this is the latest of devasting fires that has ravaged through Camp 5, one of the 33 camps. Our partners are on the ground and are responding to the emerging needs, which includes emergency shelter, clothing, food, medication and attending to any injuries.

The scale of the damage is huge, it is estimated at least 1,000 shelters were destroyed on the 7th of January. Additionally, some 93 shelters were partially destroyed and around 120 key facilities were damaged, such as education centres, mosques, health facilities, latrines/bathing facilities and water points.

There is suspicion of arson, authorities are investigating the cause of the fire. The Rohingya have seen increased hostility in places where they have taken refuge, subjected to abuse, sexual exploitation, kidnapping and slave labour. Our projects have been a safe haven for the most vulnerable amongst the Rohingya, especially women and children. This comes at a time where the Rohingya in Indonesia have been subjected to ridicule and abuse by locals. With your support we can not only provide ongoing support, such as education, food, shelter, medication and help those that have lost everything in the latest fire.

The Rohingya face widespread discrimination in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, where they are denied citizenship and other constitutional rights. The Rohingya have been described as “amongst the world’s least wanted” and “one of the world’s most persecuted minorities” by the UN.

Please donate today to get emergency aid to one of the most oppressed people in Bangladesh.

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Described by the UN as the most persecuted people in the world, the world seems to have largely forgotten the Rohingya and international support for them has fallen woefully behind what is required. 

Our beneficiaries who we have been supporting since the 2017 are urging us not to forget their plight, without your support they will face starvation.

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