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Do protesting Muslims really care for Rohingyas? Their camp in Okhla

Newspapers are unfailingly reporting about protests being held by Muslim organisations and people across India against the persecution of Rohingya Muslims.

A huge rally was organised in Okhla on Wednesday with commuting arrangements also made. It is not know till now how much money Muslims and Muslim organisations have spend on such rallies across India and Delhi, but had protesting Muslims and organisations in Okhla and elsewhere across India would have spent even a small amount on what they are spending on organising protests, Rohingyas would have not been living in such a pathetic state in Kanchan Kunj in Okhla.

“It has become a fashion that everybody has started talking about Rohingyas these days. They are participating in rallies and sharing their photos on social media. There is nothing wrong in such activities.

“However, some among them are feeling proud and even bragging that they have done a great service to the Rohingyas. Many are sending messages on WhatsApp about their pathetic state.

“But had they cared for the Rohingyas, many would have helped them living very close by Jamia Nagar, a densely populated Muslim locality. But if you visit their camp in Kanchan Kunj then they live in pathetic state with little basic amenities.

“Their conditions can move anybody. It is not that people didn’t help them in the past. But there was little effort to provide them vocational training and make them stand on their own legs. People visit the camp and distribute relief items and then leave the camp least bothered about finding about their social issues, woman safety problems, education of their children,” said Anisur Rahman, who has worked with the Rohingyas in Delhi for years.

Let me make this very clear that I am not against peaceful protests, said Rahman, adding that had some efforts been made in the past to empower the Rohingyas, things might have improved in their camps.

Rohingya Muslim refugees in Okhla reside on land provided by Zakat Foundation.

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