The Rohingya Crisis
Originally from Myanmar, Rohingya Muslims have faced severe persecution from the majority-Buddhist state.
Towards the end of 2017, faced with violence and conflict from military forces (BANGKOK), the people in Rohingya were forced to flee their homes to escape the violence.
The now Rohingya refugees were men, women and even children, who made up about 60% of the refugees. Almost a million refugees from Rohingya now reside in Bangladesh in heavily populated camps.
They fled mostly to Bangladesh, where they rely on humanitarian support in forms such as food, housing, and health care facilities. But in 2019, Bangladesh announced they would not take in any more refugees, making the situation of escaping the Myanmar conflict harder for the Muslims.
How Have the Rohingya Muslims Been Affected?
The crisis has led to murders, rape, assault, and persecution in many forms, all of which have disregarded and breached the human rights of the Rohingya Muslims.
They have been displaced and left homeless and have a refugee status, making work and support difficult to find and secure.
How Have Children Been Affected?
Children make up about 60% of the refugees from Rohingya. This staggering statistic shows the extreme effects the conflict has had on innocent children, forcing them to flee to safety.
Many of these children arrived in Bangladesh without their parents or family, lost and alone. As orphans, they require constant care and supervision for their safety and well-being.
The Prophet (PBUH) said in a hadith, ‘The one who cares for an orphan and myself will be together in Paradise like this’, and he held his two fingers together to illustrate. [Bukhari]
The camps in Bangladesh are not adequate for children who are young, vulnerable, and sick. There is little to no access to education for them, nor enough healthcare provided to keep them all healthy. In 2020, COVID-19 was an imminent threat to all refugees.
In addition to the children who arrived as orphans in Bangladesh, many have been born in the camps and are being brought up in cramped, crowded, congested and unsafe environments.
How You Can Help
The Rohingya refugees need your urgent help. Please donate to our Rohingya Crisis Appeal.
They need food, clean water, shelter, and a safe environment to live and practice Islam without the fear of being persecuted or having their human rights breached. You can help to provide these for them.
We should see them as our brothers and sisters and strive to help them in any way we can. UKIM is on a mission to provide support for them in any way we can.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said in a hadith: “You will not believe until you love for your brother what you love for yourself.”
He also said: “The believers are like one body in their mutual love and affection: if one limb is injured, the rest responds with sleeplessness and fever.”
£50 will feed a family for a whole month.
£100 will provide cooked meals for 100 people.
£500 will provide a family with adequate shelter/accommodation, something we often take for granted.
£3000 will enable the building of a mosque for Rohingya refugees, making practising their Deen freely easy, without the fear of being persecuted.
This is perhaps the most rewardable form of charity there is, as it is a form of Sadaqah Jariyah and will benefit many people, including yourself, in the hereafter.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: "When a man dies, his deeds come to an end except for three things: Sadaqah Jariyah (ceaseless charity); a knowledge which is beneficial, or a virtuous descendant who prays for him (for the deceased)." (Muslim)
At UKIM, we pride ourselves on being one of the best charity organisations to support the Rohingya refugees. We are able to do so through your ongoing support, so please donate generously.
Donate to our Rohingya Crisis Appeal to help today and make a difference to the most desperate members of society.