In order to capture the attention of the world to the sufferings of Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh, Queen Rania of Jordan paid a visit to the refugee camps. She posted a message on her Instagram account:
“Almost 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh in the past two months. For years, the Rohingya people in Myanmar have been victims of discrimination, injustice, and oppression. Sadly, this systematic persecution of a religious minority is taking place in full view of the world.”
She urged the international community to end the “suffering and safeguard their rights”.
In another post, Jordan’s first lady spoke of the devastation she witnessed:
“The suffering I have seen and the stories I have heard from Rohingya refugees at Kutupalong Camp are harrowing and heartbreaking.”
Other Arab leaders have spoken against the crisis and have sent their aid to the victims.
خلال الشهرين الماضيين، هرب ما يقارب 600 ألف شخص من مسلمي الروهينجا من ميانمار إلى بنغلاديش. وعلى مدار السنوات الماضية، يعيش مسلمو الروهينجا في ميانمار تحت وطأة الظلم والممارسات العنصرية. ما تتعرض له هذه الأقلية الدينية من اضطهاد ممنهج يحصل أمام أعين العالم بأكمله. يجب على المجتمع الدولي وضع نهاية لمعاناة الروهينجا وحماية حقوقهم #لاجئين #ميانمار #بنغلاديش Almost 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh in the past two months. For years, the Rohingya people in Myanmar have been victims of discrimination, injustice, and oppression. Sadly, this systematic persecution of a religious minority is taking place in full view of the world. The international community must put an end to their suffering and safeguard their rights #Refugees #Crisis #Myanmar #Bangladesh
Meanwhile, people thanked the queen for bringing the issue into the spotlight.
In the past few months, many Rohingya Muslims have been killed by the Myanmar military, including women and children.
Ryan McCabe, who works with the non-profit organization Partners Relief and Development, said that there is “mass displacement of Rohingya fleeing towards the Bangladesh border, military firing on fleeing civilians, and armed groups on both sides.”
The Myanmar government doesn’t provide Muslim-minority community and legal recognition and considers them as illegal immigrants despite living in the country for generations.
The Rohingya Muslim community lives in wide-spread poverty and faces permanent discrimination and persecution from the Buddhist-majority population.