Imagine walking for six days with no food and water that is the reality of those who came in Cox’s Bazar.
RAKHINE STATE, MYANMAR, HAS BEEN IN A WORSENING STATE OF EMERGENCY SINCE AUGUST 2017 DUE TO VIOLENCE; WHICH HAS LEFT OVER 3,000 PEOPLE DEAD.
Described by the UN as one of the most persecuted groups of people in the world, the Rohingya have been left with no choice but to flee their homes and communities. Many of these vulnerable people have nothing – their homes have been destroyed, families split up, and many have no possessions save for the clothes on their backs.
At Al Mustafa Welfare Trust, we are fully committed to doing everything we can to help and support these people during their greatest time of need, which is why our Burma charity relief appeal sends aid directly to those most at risk. Thanks to your continued generosity and kindness towards the Rohingya and the people of Myanmar, donations and aid have been able to ease the suffering of countless people.
The Rohingya have been persecuted for decades, but the worsening conflict has put these already-vulnerable people in even more danger over recent months. Since August 2017, the Rakhine State, Myanmar, historically home to many of the Rohingya, has been suffering through a worsening state of emergency. To date, it is estimated that over 3,000 people have lost their lives as a result of the ongoing conflict.
The UN estimates that over 850,000 Rohingya have fled their homes and communities in Myanmar since the most recent outbreak of conflict began. Many of these people are trying to seek refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh, with hundreds of thousands now living in cramped, unsanitary conditions in overcrowded, makeshift refugee camps. It is also estimated that 80% of these refugees are women and children – some of the most vulnerable members of society.
Faced with the prospect of leading a life lived on the road, with no permanent place to call home, many of these Rohingya refugees are losing hope for a brighter future. Facing the constant threat of exhaustion and starvation, each day is a struggle for those in the worst affected areas.
Similarly, essential supplies are in high demand and short supply, meaning that many important resources like food, shelter, medical supplies and clean water are simply not accessible. Add to this the very real threat of exploitation for the most vulnerable – orphans, young people and the elderly – and you begin to see just how difficult daily life is for the Rohingya in Myanmar and Bangladesh.
The Rohingya are in desperate need of our assistance – your generosity can improve their quality of life and provide a beacon of hope in the darkness.
Just £55 will provide a family with a vital food pack for an entire month. Containing essentials such as rice, sugar, flour, tea and cooking oil, nutritious food really is a lifeline for someone in need.
Only £300 will gift an emergency relief package to an at-risk individual. Many of these people have been left with nothing, so a relief package containing clean, safe water, a small tent, hygiene essentials, a sleeping bag, baby chest carrier and ready meals can turn their lives around.
£1,000 will go towards funding an emergency medical camp to treat the most vulnerable Rohingya. Each medical camp can treat up to 200 Rohingya – essential for those suffering from the effects of illness and disease.
If you can, please consider donating to our Burma charity relief appeal today. Your donation really could change a life.
“If the world is not going to take notice, this will become the biggest humanitarian disaster in the region. They arrive exhausted, hungry and sick, having walked for days from their villages, through jungles, across mountains and rivers carrying what little they could bring from home. There is an urgent need for emergency shelters and essential relief items as more refugees arrive. Let us not abandon them in their hour of need.”
Lord Nazir Ahmed
Member, House of Lords
“It is never easy to witness the fear and pain of human beings who have nothing in this world, yet are treated like cattle. I have seen the suffering and oppressive conditions of the Rohingya Muslims first-hand, yet every person I met received me with warmth and many thanked Al-Mustafa and its supporters for everything we have been doing. As previously, I left them with a heavy heart and a promise that we would continue to help them and pray for their safety.”