Persecution, rape, murder, starvation causes hundreds of thousands to flee Myanmar. With truckloads of rice and lentils delivered to the Kutupalong Camp, Bangladesh, in November and December, Conscience International has provided 100,000 meals for the Rohingya refugees fleeing ethnic cleansing, starvation, and violence in their native Myanmar.
Conscience International President Dr. James E. Jennings, and Project Director Richard Sarker, a native of Bangladesh and a US citizen, have just returned from the camps.
“The situation there is unbelievably bad. The refugee’s stories are compelling about the burning, killing, raping and expulsion that they endured,” Dr. Jennings reports. “More than 600,000 people, mostly women and children, are existing under bamboo and black plastic sheeting huts closely packed literally as far as you can see. It's a health disaster waiting to happen and an ongoing political hot issue between the Muslim world and the Buddhists of Myanmar, backed by China.
COX'S BAZAAR/KUTUPALONG CAMP Kutupalong is the main Rohingya refugee camp located in the district of Ukhia, South of Cox's Bazaar at the very southern tip of Bangladesh where it borders Rakhine (Arakan) province of Myanmar (Burma). Genocidal ethnic cleansing attacks by the Myanmar military, aided by local Buddhist villagers, burned villages, slaughtered inhabitants, raped women, killed children by smashing their heads against rocks, and threw their bodies in the river.
Some 630,000 refugees have arrived at Kutupalong and are confined to the camp by the Bangladesh military. Further down the coast south of Kutupalong and the town of Teknaf, new camps are being built alongside the Naf River, the broad stream that separates Myanmar's Rakhine province from Bangladesh. Refugees are still coming across, but at lower rates than the last few months since the attacks began on August 25.
The need is great, the situation of the refugees is pitiable in the extreme, and Conscience International is continuing our efforts to distribute food as we have the past two months, with our next truckload scheduled to be delivered in January. We need your help to feed more of these desperate people.
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