An American family plans visual storytelling workshop, medical camp for Rohingya Muslims
OT, July 31, 2012 19:21 IST
Okhla Times Reporter/Okhla
An American family is planning a visual storytelling workshop at the Rohingya camp in Shahin Bagh and Sarita Vihar on August 1. The family, who has worked extensively on ethnic groups in Burma, is in Delhi now from Seattle.
The family is here to work with refugees from Burma fleeing the army prosecution.
Also, the family is planning to hold a medical camp for young children, who specially need urgent care. Interested doctors in Delhi can donate some time in the camp.
The family, who will be back at the Shahin Bagh camp on August 14 -17, told OKHLA TIMES on the condition of anonymity that the purpose is to help the refugees and increase awareness of the plight of the 222 Rohingya camped near Sarita Vihar.
The family said: "Given tomorrow's forecast for thunderstorms, our Aug 1 visual storytelling workshop has been postponed. Hopefully it will take place later this month, upon our return. While I have - c/o a friend in the US - managed to recruit a paramedic who has kindly volunteered to recruit a team of volunteer doctors, I'm not holding a medical camp. In fact, the doctors will visit."
In addition to Zakat Foundation (ZF), several dedicated individuals have worked behind the scenes to help the struggling community of stateless Rohingya from Burma.
Syed Mohammad Raghib, who agreed to accompany the American family to the camp on July 27 and is planning to accompany the family again on August 1.
“We have been collecting materials and other stuffs that could help the refugees. We hand them over to officials of Zakat Foundation (ZF) that has been working with them for long. A lot of works need to be done for the victims and youth who are part of the group,” said Syed.
The ZF has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Rohingya and they are the heroes, the family claimed: "Thanks to Syed, our family simply has had a chance to help increase awareness."
The ethnic cleansing of Rohingya at the hands of some local Buddhists and the government has attracted criticism from the United Nation and international community.
But till now no concrete steps have been taken to stop the massacre of innocent people, whom the Burmese government don’t claim as its citizens. They are regarded as Bangladeshis and hence their prosecution is being justified.
PHOTO CAPTION: A photo from the Rohingya encampment in Darul Hijra near Sarita Vihar
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