“I have no place in my country.”
Mohammad, a Rohingya man, is devastated about events in Myanmar—where he was born and raised.
For decades, the Rohingya ethnic minority have endured severe discrimination in Myanmar. The government denies the Rohingya citizenship, refusing to recognize them as a people.
Just over a year ago, the Myanmar military began a campaign of violent attacks against the Rohingya. Widespread killings, torture, robbery and rape forced over 700,000 innocent Rohingya from their homes into neighbouring Bangladesh.
Mohammad’s community wasn’t directly impacted, but when he heard about the violence taking place he joined a group who appealed to the army to put an end to harrowing abuse. Many in that group were arrested and never seen again. Mohammad had no choice but to flee the country for his safety.
After cramming into one of four trawlers carrying hundreds of families across choppy waters, Mohammad and his family came to the sprawling Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh.
“I had nothing,” Mohammad shares. “The shirt I am wearing now was given to me by a local Bangladeshi man.” A family in the camp offered to shelter Mohammad, but the conditions of the settlement were miserable—overcrowded, and lacking many necessities like clean water, food and sanitation services.
There are no jobs in the camp, but Mohammad keeps himself busy doing voluntary labour. “I like to work. I feel better when I work,” he says.
For Mohammad, concern over his family’s well-being is all-consuming. “I do not want my children to die,” he says. “I urge the world leaders to solve this problem.”
Mohammad can’t know when the darkness and suffering of his people will end, but at least for now, he knows that his family has a reliable source of food. In partnership with members of Canadian Foodgrains Bank, PWS&D is helping provide over 11,000 people like Mohammad’s with monthly baskets of food items, including lentils, oil, salt and sugar.
As Mohammad helps unload the food parcels, he finds comfort knowing his children have a source of nourishment.
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Your support has helped deliver over $200,000 worth of assistance to Rohingya families through local partners. Your generosity is so vital for people like Mohammad, giving them strength as they strive to make the most out of their situation, and wait for the chance to return home safely.
Join with us in supporting relief efforts for Rohingya refugees and continue to pray for an end to the appalling human rights abuses taking place in Myanmar. Please mark all donations “Rohingya crisis.”
PWS&D is a member of Canadian Foodgrains Bank, a coalition of 15 church-based agencies working together with the common goal of eliminating global hunger. This project was undertaken with matching support from the Government of Canada.