Over the next 365 days
, the goal is to reach out to 1 million people
worldwide, raise $1,000,000
and assist 1 million Rohingya refugees
in Cox's Bazaar. By Eid 2019, we hope to be back in Bangladesh and celebrate this accomplishment with the Rohingya!
With your generous donations we hope to provide food, water, clothing, mental health assistance, and access to education for the refugees living in the camp.
My Trip Last Year -
Who are the Rohingya?
The Rohingya are considered the most persecuted minority and the least wanted people. Due to a Citizenship law passed in 1982, the Rohingya are not considered Burmese natural citizens despite living there for centuries. They have been unjustly classified as foreigners in their own homeland. Discriminatory government initiatives have led to ethnic cleansing. Villages have been burned, families have been separated, and many have been tortured and killed.
"In recent years, the rise of communal violence has led many Rohingya to flee neighboring states, such as Bangladesh, Thailand, and Malaysia, where they have been met with further hostility, rejection by governments and relegated to a life of complete neglect in refugee camps, and have faced the very real dangers of trafficking."Cox's Bazar
According to the UN, 270,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh two weeks after the conflict renewed on August 25th. "The total number of people to have entered Bangladesh having fled the unrest has now reached 409,000, a leap of 18,000 in a day.Conditions are worsening in the border town of Cox's Bazar where the influx has added to pressures on Rohingya camps already overwhelmed with 300,000 people from earlier waves of refugees.
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