I have never before seen anyone so relieved for a small sip of water. This is the Rohingya HUMAN crisis we are speaking about. In the midst of the ethnic cleansing taking place in Myanmar, lakhs of Rohingya Muslims have fled the country.
They have taken refuge in India and Bangladesh. Only recently a fresh of Rohingya fled the country to take refuge in Bangladesh. Khalsa Aid was quick to respond to the plight of the Rohingya Muslim refugees.
Khalsa Aid is an international NGO with the aim to provide humanitarian aid in disaster areas and civil conflict zones around the world. The organisation is based upon the Sikh principle of 'Recognise the whole human race as one'.
Here is what Khalsa Aid is doing for the Rohingya Muslims"
- 'You have no doubt seen images of 100,000s of Rohingya Muslims crossing borders to find a safe haven in Bangladesh.
- Whole families have literally run for their lives - some have carried infants only a few days old in their arms. They have lost siblings, parents, partners to the killings. Their homes and entire villages burnt to the ground.
- Our team in India, led by Amarpreet Singh, arrived at the Bangladesh border on 9 September. The team offered fresh water to the refugees disembarking from the boats and arranged free transportation to take them to the refugee camps.
- "These people are arriving in a desperate state. I have never seen anyone so relieved for a drink of water. They have no money to pay for public transport to the refugee camps. Local rickshaws have increased their rates because of the heightened demand so we have organised transportation to take families safely to the refugee camps" says Amarpreet Singh, Khalsa Aid Director, India
- "Our immediate priority is to supply water and food as refugees continue to arrive hungry and parched - a daily langar service has been set-up for 30,000 to 50,000 people.
- Our second priority will be to help build more secure and stable shelters once the local government allots suitable land. Official records show that 350,000 refugee have arrived in Bangladesh, however the reality is that it is close to double that figure.