How would you feel if there comes a natural disaster and you lose everything in it? Your home, food, money, and even your family. Sounds heart-wrenching, right? You cannot even imagine the amount of pain the Rohingya Muslims have been facing for ages. In fact, to add to their pain a recent fire accident burnt down the shelters of the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Yet again leaving the refugees with absolutely nothing.
Not too long before, the Rohingya Muslims suffered a military crackdown in Myanmar. At least 6,700 Rohingya were killed after the violence broke out, including about 730 children under the age of five. Due to the extremely brutal violence, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fled to Bangladesh in 2017. This ethnic minority has been facing discrimination for decades and is still deprived of their rights.
The deadly fire at Cox’s Bazaar in Bangladesh is the latest disaster for the refugees who have lived in wretched huts for years. The fire has impacted somewhere between 40 to 50 thousand people. Including several dead, hundreds missing and thousands homeless. In fact, everything they had has turned to ashes.
On the day of the tragedy, a refugee named Abdul Jabbar was having tea at a stall nearby. Suddenly he saw thick clouds of smoke filled the air from the camps. He ran for his life at once and tried to find a safe place. His wife and two children had already escaped the camp. However, the destruction reminded him of the tragedy in 2017 when the Myanmar army set fire to his house and killed his elder son.
“I have never seen something more dreadful than this. Everything has been taken from us. We don’t even have a cup or plate to drink or eat from. We’ll have to start all over again.” said the 51-year-old.
Back in 2017, approximately 288 villages were affected by fire in northern Rakhine state. Myanmar’s army raped over 18,000 Rohingya women and threw over 34,000 Rohingya men into flames. These people have indeed been through a number of traumatic experiences in the past. They are of course living in very difficult circumstances, coping with serious challenges. And this occurrence has served as a strong reminder of their poor luck that they have experienced their entire lives.
Al Mustafa Trust International has been working day and night to fix the problems of the Rohingya refugees. While ATI has been actively involved in distributing food, sanitary, and hygiene kits to the refugees, we need your support to make our efforts even more effective. Together we can save thousands of Rohingya from starving.
This is our heartfelt appeal to all those who are capable. Join us in serving humanity by donating with all your heart. Your cooperation is crucial to help us achieve our goal. This Ramadan, don’t miss out on any opportunity to feed the hungry and help us move forward.
Please accept our greatest appreciation in advance for your contribution. Your contribution will be used in providing food and basic hygiene kits to the Rohingya refugees. You can make the donation online at Al Mustafa Trust International or you can call us at 0114 244 7253.
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