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Bangladesh and Arakan 2014 Update

By | Bangladesh, Burma, News

BANGLADESH

On the Friday 8th of August 2014, 12 Volunteers set off from London to visit Human Aid UK’s projects in Bangladesh and Burma. Once in Bangladesh the delegation were hosted by one of our partner organisation WAMY. The delegation took place over a five day period with our volunteers returning on Wednesday the 13th August 2014.

With a population of 135 million, Bangladesh is one of the world’s most densely populated countries in the world. Poverty is deep and widespread with almost half of the population living on less than 0.61p a day, crammed into rural settlements, surrounded by a delta of rivers that empties out into the Bay of Bengal.

The volunteers from UK visited projects in Dhaka, Sathkira, Bogra, Rajshahi, Jessore, Rangpur and Cox bazaar. The projects varied from providing aid to schools, orphanages and families who no longer have a sole breadwinner. The volunteers also had the opportunity to directly hand out the monthly allowances received by the famialies supported there; kindly donated by our generous UK donors.

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ARAKAN

The delegation also visited the Arkhani refugees who are living rainforest on the outskirts of Southern Bangladesh, harsh wilderness. They have been abandoned by both the Burmese and Bangladeshi governments; but they’re not forgotten by you.

We visited 2 running water pumps which are a reality through your donations and further visited the site of 21 additional water pumps under construction which are due to be complete late 2014.

Unfortunately the work does not finish here and we hope to send another delegation in February 2015, Insha’Allah, with your ongoing support.

Bangladesh 2014CostQuantityTotal
Bangladesh Homes£1,9005£9,500
Bangladesh Families per year£45450£22,700
Arakan 2014CostQuantityTotal
Burma Tube Well£8021£1,680
Burma Bathroom/ Toilet£24010£2,400
Burma Sponsoring Teachers inside   (1 Year)£6004£2,400
Burma Medical Treatment (One person average)£3050£1,500
 Total Aid Cost£40,180

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The forgotten orphans of Arakan

By | Burma, News

 

Author: Abu Nusaybah & Mohbubur Rahman

Many of the children are orphans; many women are widows and the men are broken as they can’t provide for their families. Villages in the unregistered refugee camps have countless individuals, we cannot do justice through this post for them all, so we mention one particular boy.

Juber a 10 year old young man! we say man simply due to him being the only male left in his small family and him being their future. His father drowned at sea striving to provide for his family, as only he knew best.

Juber and his mother are left alone to provide for themselves, they have no access to healthcare or support from the state. Able men are suffering in these conditions which they reside in, what about Juber?

Orphans like Juber are in the hundreds and they need help! Need your support and need us to show them hope. Otherwise Juber is just another boy in a refugee camp.

Knowing the reality of the hardship people face it is imperative Human Aid continues to help people and bring hope to lives.

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My name is Mohammed but now I have a Buddhist name

By | Burma, News

 

Author: Abu Nusaybah

Visiting the people of Arakan has made reality a reality, temporary reality for us and a permanent reality for them.

Arakan an ‘unknown and unrecognised state straddling both Burma and Bangladesh was once ruled by Muslims for 350 years. Arakan has been through many atrocities, the 1942 genocide and to this day the oppression and killing still taking place. Currently Arakan is less than 50% Muslims, once was 75% or more, this alone goes to show the systematic ethnic cleansing that’s taking place today. Authority is in the hands of the Burmese which undoubtedly made it worse for the people of Arakan for the last four years since 2010.


Starting from the military election that took place which involved manipulation of majority if not all Muslims to favour the rule of the Military rule and in return they were promised residency in their own home land!!. Soon as the military came into power after the assistance of the Muslims, they began treating them worse than before the military rule. Marshall law!

People of Arakan are suffering day in day out yet they hold on firm to their faith. It is beyond human rights violations to hear that one had been psychologically, socially and morally broken down and forced to leave his loved ones and place which they called home!

To attend school in Burma – Arakan you would have to change your name to a Buddhists name. Whether it be primary or higher education.

Could it get any worse? Yes!6am – 6pm

All this explains why all the Muslims of Burma are fleeing from their homes and their families to lands which don’t accept them for whom they are and what they are. They leave Burma -Arakan as the government claim they are Bangladeshi nationals and the Bangladeshis claim that they are Burmese so they are left lingered in the middle in a land which is unrecognised by both country’s in situations and conditions unknown to the rest of the world.

Knowing the reality of the hardship people face it is imperative Human Aid continues to help people and bring hope to lives.

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A dog’s house

By | Burma, News

 

Author: Abu Nusaybah

For those not familiar with Arakan, for now it will suffice to say that the indigenous people of this land – the Rohingya, are amongst the most oppressed and hated people in the world today! A bold statement some may say, but not without merit. The refugees of Arakan had to flee their ancestral homelands and seek refuge in the  Bangladeshi side of Arakan.

They are forced to live in these illegal makeshift settlements, I say illegal because the Bangladeshi government do not recognise these people, nor are they recognised in the home from which they had to flee from Arakan in Burma. The Burmese government classify them as Bengali and the Bangladeshi government classify them as Burmese – they are effectively deprived of citizenship of any kind.

These are a people who have been kicked out of their homes and forced into poverty, however, they are not without hope, we saw determination in their eyes that they will not be broken, they will not give up and just die. One of the residents described the homes we saw as “a dog’s house” harsh as it may sound, the reality is the residents of this structure have to crawl into their ramshackle of a home.

Knowing the reality of the hardship people face it is imperative Human Aid continues to help people and bring hope to lives.

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