The Rohingya’s are a minority Muslim population in Burma. Since 1978 they have suffered from intense religious persecution including physical violence, rape and torture, land confiscation, house demolition and forced labour.
In 1978 over 200,000 Rohingya fled to neighbouring Bangladesh and in 1992 a further 250,000 left in search of safety. Recently, tension in the Northern Arakan State of Burma has escalated dramatically. Conflict between the Rohingya and the ethnic Arakan communities has become progressively worse, so much so that an official state of emergency was declared in this region by the Burmese government in early June 2012.
Since then armed local police and security forces as well as the Burmese military have been systematically targeting the Rohingya people, carrying out countless violent attacks, arbitrary arrests and committing atrocious massacres.
Homes, businesses and entire villages are being destroyed, leaving an estimated 115,000 people displaced without food or safety. Human Rights Watch identified some 4,855 destroyed buildings covering 348 acres of residential area home to the Rohingya. This figure only includes 5 of the 13 Rohingya towns, the total number is estimated to be drastically higher. Thousands are attempting to escape into neighbouring Bangladesh, only to be refused entry or treated as alien visitors without basic rights to food and shelter.
Unregistered by UNHCR and thus overlooked by the World Food Programme, hundreds of thousands women, children and families are destitute, in grave danger and without food or medical supplies.
Human Appeal International are working to reach Rohingyan refugees in Bangladesh. With the help of our partners on the ground we’re working on providing basic food supplies, clean water and adequate shelter to recognised and unrecognised refugees residing in camps, slums and even forests.
As the hot season approaches, fears of disease ridden dirty water are at an all time high. It’s estimated that over 60 % of people residing in refugee camps have no access to clean drinking water and a further 70% have no access to sanitation facilities. At Human Appeal International, we aim to focus on water, sanitation and hygiene projects.
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