Why it is Important to Help Rohingya Refugees in Crisis
There are very few moments in history when an entire community has been chastised and put in the type of danger that Rohingya Muslims have been living for the past few years. Tensions in Myanmar were growing for years before the conflict began in 2017. In 2014, the Rohingya were excluded from the country’s census due to a lack of recognition as a people from Myanmar. Many in the country view the Rohingya as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, with no right to live in Myanmar.
Over a million Rohingya Muslims, who have their own culture and language, lived in Myanmar before the start of the crisis. The majority were in Rakhine State on the western coast, which shares a border with the Chittagong province of Bangladesh. Villages were burned, civilians were attacked and killed, forcing Rohingya Muslims to flee over the border.
UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, described Rohingya Muslims as “one of, if not the, most discriminated people in the world”. It is difficult to argue against that point, which is why supporting our Rohingya Muslim charity appeal is so important, with hundreds of thousands of our brothers and sisters’ lives depending on it.