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UAE responds to call for aid for Rohingya Muslims

Thousands have been injured, killed or displaced due to sectarian strife

  • By Janice Ponce de Leon, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 17:56 August 12, 2012
  • Gulf News

Indonesian Muslims hold placards supporting the Rohingya
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  • Indonesian Muslims hold placards displaying the words "Stop Killing Rohingya" and "Save Rohingya" attend a rally outside the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta on August 6, 2012. Decades of discrimination have left the Rohingya stateless.
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Dubai: The persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar which has recently made news remains a tragic situation not only for the ethnic groups involved in the fighting but also for the thousands of people who have been killed, injured or displaced.

The UAE has responded to the call for help and will send immediate aid to Myanmar.

President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Sunday ordered the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Humanitarian Foundation to urgently send relief aid to Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, following the bloody encounters between Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims.

The order came after Foreign Minister Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Friday sent a letter to the international community, seeking support to end the plight of the Muslim minority in the country.

Shaikh Abdullah appealed to the international community to put pressure on the Myanmarese government to stop the sectarian strife that has wreaked havoc in the western part of the country.

Myanmarese expatriates in the UAE have expressed their concern about the rising tension back home especially during the month of Ramadan.

Noor Mohammad Tandamiya told Gulf News that his family had decided to leave their home in the Mongdu district and go to the city for refuge.

“The Buddhist extremists would not allow us to go to work, nor to the mosque to pray. They would kill our families if they insist on going to the mosque and the government is not doing anything about it,” Tandamiya said.

“We are having difficulty even just to break our fast. There’s no food, no water. Even if we have money, we cannot buy anything,” he added.

Meanwhile, the United Nations (UN) on Friday issued an appeal for $32.5 million (Dh119 million) in humanitarian aid for people displaced due to the clashes.

Around 60,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in the Kachin State when fighting erupted over a year ago between government troops and the Kachin Independence Organisation.

Over the western region at Rakhine State, at least 77 people have died and 64,000 people were displaced when clashes between Buddhist and Muslim community broke out in June.

Saudi Arabia on Sunday promised to send $50 million in aid for the Muslim minority, the Saudi state news agency reported.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has asked the Myanmar government to allow aid agencies better access to the conflict areas.

Local media reports have highlighted the lack of medical supplies in government camps where an estimated 40,000 injured Muslims are being taken care of. Food, reports said, was just enough to ‘survive.’

With inputs from agencies

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  1. Added 15:41 August 13, 2012

    article should have also list ways to help them and also information if a campaign UAE charity organization are taking up

    hassan, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 14:56 August 13, 2012

    Even you don't know real situation in that place and talking about that. Please come and see what is happening in this place and after that talk. OK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Anoymous, Yangon, Myanmar

  3. Added 14:51 August 13, 2012

    First of all i appreciate the effort of authorities who came forward in support of the badly effected Muslims of Mayanmar All muslims thats has been killed in myanmars and burma.. there should be a justice ...

    Daudi Abdullah, Dubai, Philippines

  4. Added 14:11 August 13, 2012

    Are you also equally alarmed that their fellow muslims, during Ramadan in Bangladesh are also attacking these muslims in Myammar and denying them safe haven?

    ahmed, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 13:30 August 13, 2012

    where is the world communty and human right defenders? the UN and world community should act fast to save Mayamar Muslims. the president of Mayamar and the official responsibe should be brought to international court. the UN should act fast.

    khaled, hyderabad,india, India

  6. Added 12:39 August 13, 2012

    JazakAllah Khair

    Mohammad Shah Faisal, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 12:12 August 13, 2012

    Jazaakum Allah Khair Shaikh for taking this step. May Allah give you jazaa for this.

    Sadatullah Khan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 11:51 August 13, 2012

    First I thank His Highness Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to look for the solution and I thank His Highness Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan President of UAE for ordering Humanatarian Foundation to urgently send relief Aid, Jaza kallah Khair wa Taajr.

    Ayub, Ajman, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 11:38 August 13, 2012

    Unfortunately media is biased on this news. Myanman massacre is one of the worst brutal attacks of today's time on powerless minorities. But media is not doing much to give a good coverage on this issue but at the same time we can see even every small developments on Syria is repeatedly broadcast. I congragulate Gulf News to bring this news to the people.

    Rahul, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 10:56 August 13, 2012

    How can we help? Please list details or charities. Thank you.

    Younes, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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