The Rohingya Crisis & How To Help
Rohingya is a community of Muslims that identify as such, and wish to keep it so. Recently, a crisis has struck their villages. Now, Rohingya are refugees fleeing their once called homes to an unknown future. Here are the details of the Rohingya crisis and how to help.
History Of Rohingya
Rohingya is a self-identifying term. Many Muslims take pride in labeling themselves with it. The debate has been ongoing as citizens in the country of Myanmar do not accept the term. Yet, those who have fled to Bangladesh received instructions to use the term Rohingya. This is to prevent anyone from calling the refugees Bengalis. “They say ’You are Bangladeshi’ But we are Burmese, we are not Bangladeshis.” Says a refugee reporting to Time. He continues, “We have documents. We are Rohingya, not Bangladeshi.” The Rakhine state in Myanmar, which the Rohingya live, is majority Buddhist. The Rohingya practice a Sunni version. History has shown more differences that have kept the two groups from forming peace. You may have heard of recent violence against the Rohingya, but it has happened before.
Thousands of Rohingya lost their lives in the events that took place in Rakhine villages. The Myanmar government explains that they were after terrorists. Also, that the Rohingya are to blame, as they attacked their own villages. Yet, photos, surveillance, and Rohingya refugee witnesses say otherwise. The United Nations are familiar with the situation. They call it “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” Nearly 600,000 Rohingya villagers have fled their torched homes.
Where Are They Now?
Most refugees went to Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. A camp called Balukhali Camp has their location there with refugees from previous events. Other refugees have taken to the sea towards Indonesia, Malaysia, or even Thailand. Some even taken advantage of by gangs and pirates. The displacement camp on the border of Bangladesh is growing, and may soon have the name as the world’s largest one. Unfortunately, this makes it easier for diseases to grow and spread.
How They Are Being Helped
Helle Thorning is CEO of Save The Children International. She took an up close and personal look at the refugee crisis areas. She tweets: “I spoke to #Rohingya children and families who fled violence in #Myanmar and now need our help. This crisis is a children’s emergency.” You can watch her video on twitter. She reported 50,000 children became malnourished. The U.N. is hoping for $434 million to care for all refugees. Many funds are seeing a shortage, but many organizations have been in the camps working hard to do what they can. The Rohingya refugees are in need of extra help.
How You Can Help
The New York Times, along with other news sources, put together a list. Ads for campaigns and organizations reach out for more support. Here are the ones to give your donation dollars to:BracAction Against HungerUNICEFSave The ChildrenDoctors Without BordersInternational Rescue CommitteeUNHCRWorld Food ProgramSOS Children's VillagesLearn more about what each organization does by clicking on the link. If you have any questions about donations, please contact them. Thank you for your contribution.