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Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Genocide is occurring in Myanmar and over 600,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh. Invest in the wellbeing of displaced families by helping provide food, medicine and shelter now.

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The Rohingya need your help.

The Rohingya are a stateless Muslim minority group in Myanmar. The estimated 1 million Rohingya living in Myanmar have been subjected to systematic persecution and grave human rights abuses by authorities for decades. Escalating violence in September 2017 has now forced an additional 600,000 to flee to Bangladesh.

Despite the election of a nominally-civilian government in November 2015, the new Myanmar Government has not shifted its policies of persecution of the Rohingya. Over 100,000 live in internally displaced persons camps with no freedom of movement or access to food, water, sanitation, healthcare and education. A report released by the International State Crime Initiative at the Queen Mary University of London has concluded that the Rohingya "face the final stages of genocide".

Since 2012, Partners has been providing emergency relief to those in camps in Rakhine State as well as those fleeing violence to Bangladesh, including rice distribution, basic medical support, tarps for shelter as well as animals, seeds and fertilizer to help establish more sustainable food supply. PLEASE HELP provide life-saving relief to these vulnerable children and families and advocate for their freedom.

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"We want to ask for your help. We need food to save our lives and we need somewhere to stay."

How your support is saving lives.

As renewed violence has forced over 600,000 to escape to Bangladesh, you’ve been right there helping thousands of displaced families and reminding them they haven’t been forgotten. Here’s what you did during September.

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Food

You provided 67,450 kilograms of rice together with 2,084 food packs which gave much needed sustenance to hungry families.

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Shelter

950 tarps were distributed to families with little or no shelter to provide a roof over their heads and protection from the weather.

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Medicine

Medicine for 6,000 people was purchased and treatment provided by Rohingya community health workers you helped train.

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Clean Water

The construction of 34 wells and 16 toilets was initiated to improve hygiene and prevent disease in the refugee camps, thanks to you.

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A timeline of the Rohingya in Myanmar.

Despite claims from many within the Government of Myanmar, there is significant evidence indicating that the Rohingya have inhabited the Rakhine (Arakan) State region in Myanmar for many centuries. Below is a brief timeline of their history.

800A.D
The first Muslims to come to Burma arrived in the ninth century. (Moshe Yegar, Between Integration and Secession)
1785
Invasion and annexation of Arakan by Burmese rulers. Although the original kingdom of Arakan was tightly interwoven with the Muslims in Bengal, it was impossible to distinguish between the Arakanese Buddhists and Muslims. (Moshe Yegar, Between Integration and Secession)
1799
First historical reference of the Rohingya published in Comparative Vocabulary of Some of the Languages Spoken in the Burma Empire written by Francis Buchanan-Hamilton.
1948
Rohingya become citizens of Burma under the Union Citizenship Act 1948. Burma’s parliamentary government and Prime Minister U Nu refer to the group by the name ‘Rohingya’ and they enjoy all the benefits of full citizenship. (Gregory B. Poling, Separating Fact from Fiction about Myanmar’s Rohingya)
1977
Burma’s Operation Nagamin aimed to “scrutinize each individual living in the state”, “designate citizens and foreigners in accordance with the law” and “take actions against foreigners who have filtered into the country illegally", leads to the brutal targeting of Rohingya. Over 200,000 flee into Bangladesh. ‘Burma’s Treatment of the Rohingya and International Law’ published by Burma Campaign UK
1982
The passing of the repressive Burma Citizenship Law in 1982 stripped the Rohingya of any remaining vestiges of citizenship. The legal and practical constraints imposed render it “almost impossible” for the Rohingya to be recognized as citizens of Burma. (Interim Report on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, prepared by the Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights).
1991
Further persecution through the Pyi Thaya (Clean Nation) Operation forces over 250,000 Rohingya into Bangladesh to escape widespread forced labor, summary executions, torture and rape at the hands of the Burmese military regime. ‘Burma’s Treatment of the Rohingya and International Law’ published by Burma Campaign UK
2012
In June, tensions rose between the Buddhist Rakhine and Muslim Rohingya resulting in widespread violence in the region. The government failed to intervene and the violence escalated. There is evidence, however, that security forces were directly involved in targeted attacks and other human rights violations against the Rohingya. (Amnesty International, Myanmar: Abuses against Rohingya Erode Human Rights Progress)
Overtly blaming the Rohingya for trouble in the region, President Thein Sein stated on 12 July 2012 that the only solution to the violence would be to send the Rohingya to other countries or refugee camps. (Radio Netherlands Worldwide, Myanmar moots camps, deportation as Rohingya ‘solution’)
2013
Thein Nyunt, Chair of the New National Democracy Party, argued that no changes should be made to the citizenship law and instead declared that ‘The citizenship law is intended to protect our race; by not allowing those with mixed blood from making political decisions [for the country], so the law is very important for the preservation of our country. (DVB, Islamophobia: Myanmar's racist fault-line)
2016
On June 22 it was announced that Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has banned officials from using oppressed Muslims' communal name, Rohingya, in an attempt to ease tensions between the country's majority Buddhists and minority Muslims. (ABC, Burma leader Aung San Suu Kyi bans use of Rohingya name for oppressed Muslims)
Researchers from The International State Crime Initiative (ISCI) at the Queen Mary University of London released a statement following violent clashes with security and military forces in October, concluding that "The Rohingya face the final stages of genocide." (Time, Burma’s Million-Strong Rohingya Population Faces 'Final Stages of Genocide')
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