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Posts tagged with ‘rohingya’

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Supporting Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh

by Stephanie Chunoo

This year marks three years since hundreds of thousands of Rohingya fled genocide in Myanmar. Many were forced to find shelter in overcrowded refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh. Rohingya refugees continue to face many hurdles in the refugee camps, where accessing  food and medical care can be difficult. Additionally, lack of clean water, sanitation and […]

From a Global Challenge, a New Start

by Stephanie Chunoo

By Guy Smagghe, PWS&D Director There is so much turbulence in our world and so much uncertainty. By the time you read this, much will have changed again. Our global community is facing a common challenge and has been forced to take unprecedented measures to protect people’s lives. As with most sudden onset disasters, the world’s […]

Supporting Rohingya Refugees

by Stephanie Chunoo

Of the 742,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled brutal persecution in Myanmar, over half are children. Sadly, the number of girls and boys who have lost one or both parents exceeds 35,000. Day after day, these children open their eyes in a Bangladesh refugee camp feeling completely alone. Sufira, a resilient 17-year-old Rohingya orphan, remembers […]

Rohingya Family Carries on Despite Devastating Challenges

by Karen Bokma

Since August 2017, three quarters of a million Rohingya refugees have been forced by violence to leave their homes in Myanmar. It’s a difficult journey for everyone. For Nosomakatun, a mother of two children with disabilities, it was even harder. When arson and killings began to occur against the Rohingya people in her neighbourhood, Nosomakatun […]

Conflict and Hunger

by Stephanie Chunoo

Conflict is the cause of acute food insecurity in many countries around the world. Of the more than 800 million hungry people in the world, about 490 million live in countries affected by conflict—that’s over 60 per cent of the world’s hungry. Instability that triggers mass displacement and disrupts food production leaves women and men […]

No Place to Call Home

by Anna Muir

“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 […]

World Refugee Day 2018

by Anna Muir

There are over 65 million refugees in the world, fleeing war, famine or persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion or social group. Refugees are part of our human family and entitled to their rights to peace and protection. World Refugee Day is June 20—a day to honour the strength and courage of refugees […]

Give Life-Saving Support to Rohingya Refugees This Giving Tuesday – November 28, 2017

by Anna Muir

Over 600,000 Rohingya have been pushed out of their homes in Myanmar and into overcrowded refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh. Tired and malnourished, Rohingya refugees continue to struggle with little access to food and medical care and face growing water, sanitation and hygiene challenges. Thousands of new arrivals are flooding into the camps, making the […]

The Rohingya Crisis: Stories of Courage

by Anna Muir

Since the outbreak of a military offensive against the Rohingya minority in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, Safiri has been living a nightmare. As a Rohingya woman, she’d suddenly become the target for indiscriminate, harrowing violence—civilian killings and the obliteration of villages—in her own home country. Safiri’s own village had been burned to the ground and her […]

Canadian Government to Match Donations to Rohingya Crisis

by Karen Bokma

Extreme violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State has forced over half a million Rohingya people to flee from their homes and seek refuge in Bangladesh. Violence broke out at the end of August when Rohingya militants attacked government forces. According to the United Nations, the Myanmar government responded against the Rohingya with disproportionate violence. On October […]