On Saturday, the Emirates Red Crescent Authority (ERC) announced that the fund rising camp to help Rohingya refugees which began in the last week has raised Dh65 million. Thousand of people and charities came forward to support more than a million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
The ECR introduced the campaign under the directives of President Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan aiming to provide food, clean water, medical support, education, and shelter to more than one million refugees.
The campaign was supported by all the UAE leaders, Shaikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union (GWU), President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF), and Honorary Chairperson of the Emirates Red Crescent (ERC).
As per the reports of the ERC, more than 1.2 million Rohingya refugees including 720,000 children, 240,000 women, and 48,000 elderly are languishing in makeshift camps in Bangladesh, in need of food supplies, medical assistance, water, education, and housing.
Over 20 UAE-based organizations came forward supporting Rohingya refugees. The Rohingya are mainly a Muslim ethnic minority group who mostly belongs to the Rakhine province of Myanmar with some presence in other regions of the southeast Asian country.
However, Myanmar considers them as Bengalis who migrated to the nation during the colonial rule while Bangladesh refused to accept them as citizens.
In Spite of living in Myanmar for generations, they were not granted citizenship. In 2012, when the riots broke out in the Rakhine province, their situation got worse. The situation further collapsed in 2017 when the Myanmar Army backed by Buddhist mobs attacked and burnt villages. They threatened to throw out militants and compelled hundreds of thousands to escape the country.