Myanmar is one of the least developed countries in the world. One child in every 10 dies before the age of five. Basic healthcare services such as water, education and healthcare are very limited.
The UN reported that some 800,000 Muslims of Rohingya ethnicities live in Myanmar in the northern Rakhine State. They are regarded as some of the most persecuted people in the world, and face regular food shortages. As clashes continue in their home area, their desperate situation has turned even more horrid. Some who fled the violence crossed over into neighboring Bangladesh. The UNHCR estimated that some 140,000 people were affected by destruction and death after a separate set of clashes in Oct, 2012. In 2013, additional clashes put many in danger again, and now, in 2014 and 2015, many are still dealing with the consequences of the conflict and on-going tensions.
Al Mustafa Welfare Trust worked to provide relief and humanitarian assistance to internal refugees in the Rakhine State of Myanmar since 2012. There was an urgent need for shelter for internally displaced families and their host communities. Many have been homeless, living in community cent res, churches and temporary camp sites. It is one of a very small number of charities able to work in Myanmar's poorest communities.
Rohimma’s parents had died when she was 9 years during the crises in Rohingya. Her life was in miserable condition with no shelter and food...
She said, “My parents had been killed during the crises in Rohingya, and wondered how I would survive without them - and with no home or food. I didn’t know what to do... Then I found team members of Al Mustafa Trust who were distributing food items to the people live in shelter. They assured me that they would continue to support us till I would be stable with my family.”