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Away from the limelight, a genocide is ongoing

Away from the limelight, a genocide is ongoing.

Just this week, the Myanmar junta bombarded Thar Dar Rohingya village in Minbya Township, with reports of 24 innocent Rohingya men, women and children murdered, and another 60 injured.  About half a million Rohingya continue to live under constant threat in Myanmar, unsafe in their own homes.

Meanwhile, in neighbouring Bangladesh, around 1.2 million are packed in squalid refugee camps, living a transient life in what may actually be a very long-term reality.  They endure an insecure and unsettled situation, exacerbated further all too often by deadly fires, cyclones, heavy rains and mudslides. 

And, as before, many Rohingya still attempt to escape in dangerous makeshift rafts, their desperation for a better existence outweighing the risks.  Unfortunately, the risks are all too real, and too many end up swallowed by the Bay of Bengal instead.

While inflation drives up costs of goods, donations continue to be an issue for the Rohingya refugees.  There was a time not too long ago when international agencies were forced to cut their already humble daily food rations.  Their fading away from the world’s attention only serves to worsen their misery.

At one time, their plight did garner some attention – albeit at a great cost.  They experienced unspeakable horrors; those that survived each have their own dreadful story to share.  But as is too often the case, the world seemingly and tragically has moved on, while their suffering remains

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In the midst of these challenging – even discouraging – circumstances, OBAT Canada continues to be there for the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, in whatever way we can.  Whether it’s with our Primary Health Centre providing quality care to 600 patients weekly, or by hosting 450 students at our Learning Centres, or by supporting 300 orphans, or surgically restoring eyesight for 1,000 Rohingya each year to try and alleviate their suffering as much as possible.

It’s our way of reminding them that their existence matters, that they are as important and as deserving of dignity as any other human, that their suffering is our suffering, and that we will continue to stand with them and for them as long as we can.

We haven’t forgotten the Rohingya.  And we invite you not to either.  Join us.

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