Hello, Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening and Assalaam Alaikum fairtrade friends and supporters.
This is my humble attempt to support the most persecuted people in the world. Here is my Just Giving Page where you can support the Rohingya.
As a human being, fairtrade campaigner and educator I believe it is my duty to campaign for the Rohingya and hopefully raise some money for them before my birthday. I will raising money for Partners Relief and Development based in the UK who have been providing relief and emergency aid to the Rohingya for several years.
It's heart breaking to read about Rohingya women being exploited and sold into slavery.
Who are the Rohingya
The Rohingya are a Muslim minority group in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar (formerly Burma), concentrated in the western state of Rakhine. There are about 1.33 million Rohingya in Myanmar, according to the Immigration Ministry.
Rohingya activists claim a centuries-old lineage in Rakhine, but the 1982 Citizenship Law, enacted by Myanmar’s former military government, excluded them from a list of more than 100 groups recognised as ethnic minorities. This exclusion rendered most of them stateless.
Since then, most Rohingya have been denied identification cards, which are required for everything from schooling and marriage to finding a job or getting a death certificate.
Despite the hardships they face, there is little sympathy towards the Rohingya in Myanmar. Anti-Rohingya sentiment is widespread, and the authorities call them “Bengalis”, to signify they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. Even those in Myanmar’s democracy movement, including Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, have not spoken out on Rohingya’s behalf.
A sick Rohingya boy waits to receive medical treatment at a makeshift clinic at the Thet Kae Pyin camp for internally displaced people in Sittwe.
Thank you for supporting the Rohingya wherever you are in the world.
Regards and Walaikum Assalaam
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It was a dream come true to finally travel to the country of my parents birth, India.
I arrived in Dehli and was greeted by a beautiful warm evening.
I was humbled and privileged to visit two World Fair Trade Certified Organizations, M.E.S.H and Tara Projects.
Many thanks to Mathew K and Ms Moon Sharma for their time, care and hospitality.
Sadly, I was unable to interview Mathew, Ms Jacky Bonnie or the producer groups on this occasion and hope to interview them the next time I visit.
Despite struggling with my shoulders I completed my Six Items Challenge for the eighth consecutive year.
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This April I was invited once again to judge 5 social enterprise businesses at the Middlesex University Dubai.
Many thanks to Shanthi Rajan, Sandra Stevenson, Suzannah Fernandes and Dr Michael Kloep and Dr Cody Paris for their hospitality.
It was a difficult decision as all the social enterprises were winners.
Congratulations to Pentagon and their initiative Mihriban for their concept and vision.
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