At a time when Rohingya refugees need help most, a Sikh organisation, Khalsa Aid, has come to their rescue. On September 9th, a group of volunteers from the organisation reached the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. They began helping thousands of starving Rohingya Muslims who were fleeing the violence in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma).
Since August 25th, an estimated 370,000 Rohingyas have fled the Myanmar’s Rakhine region. Myanmar has a dominant Buddhist community and the Rohingyas are a Muslim minority. They have been the targets of violence by both the state and Buddhist nationalist groups. Sadly, the Myanmar government refuses to recognise the Rohingyas as citizens and as a result, they have been denied basic rights and employment opportunities. They have faced persecution and have been told to follow Buddhism. The clash between Rohingya and Myanmar forces have led to entire Rohingya villages being burnt to the ground, causing widespread destruction for thousands of residents in the area.
Teknaf is a Bangladesh border town and many of the Rohingyas were camping in this location. Amarpeet Singh, Managing Director of Khalsa Aid, reported that the conditions at the camp were “miserable to say the least.” He also said “it was our first day here today (Sunday) and we did a pre-assessment before launching a major relief operation. We had come prepared for providing relief to some 50,000 people, but there are more than three lakh (300,000) refugees here. They are living without water, food, clothes and shelter.” Amarpreet also said that local people from the area were helping the organization in providing relief to the refugees. “We are getting support from the local population but we need more support to feed so many refugees” Amarpreet informed.
Jeevanjyot Singh, a Khalsa Aid volunteer also added that the refugees had come from Myanmar and had travelled for more than ten days. “Since then, the children had no food or water. They are in dire need of food and water,” he said.
The Khalsa Aid team have taken matters into their own hands, they are assisting in the relief operations and are offering food, water and shelter to the refugees. They are working tirelessly day and night and have set up a community kitchen on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.
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