Today, the United Nations calls the Rohingya Muslims the most persecuted people in the world.
The persecution of the Rohingya is nothing new, it has been happening since 1962, whereby the Myanmar army saw the Rohingya as a threat to national identity, prompting them to kill, torture, and rape the Rohingya.
In October 2016, tensions mounted once again when the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) staged a series of deadly attacks on many Myanmar military posts. The Myanmar army responded with a massive security crackdown, blocked off international aid for the poorer Rohingya community, fired at unarmed Rohingya men, women and children, while military forces have allegedly planted land mines near border crossings used by Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh. At least 288 villages were partially or completely left to rubble by fire in the northern Rakhine state after August 2017 by the Military.
Now, at least 6,700 Rohingya, including at least 730 children under the age of five, have been killed in just the month after violence broke out. Tens of thousands have become internally displaced, trying to escape the brutality of the Rohingya Genocide. Those who have made it to the border have walked for days, hiding in jungles and crossing mountains and rivers. Many are sick and some have bullet wounds. The Rohingya people have also been trapped in conflict zones, whereby life-saving supplies from the international community have been prevented from being delivered to thousands in the northern Rakhine state.
After researching about this for a school project, our team and I were shocked at the brutality endured by the Rohingya, and of the government’s prevention of necessary supplies to be delivered to the Rohingya. Therefore, we aim to help those who are currently unable to help themselves. We hope that, with your help, we can raise at least USD1,000 to be donated to UNICEF, whereby the money will go towards helping the Rohingya in refugee camps; by providing food, water, clothes, and even much needed flu shots for the hundreds of refugee children living in camps. Just a simple $1 can go a long way to improving the qualities of a conflict-burdened life the Rohingya Refugees did not ask for.
Please donate as much as you are willing to, thank you for your support!