Apex, North Carolina
An emergency relief event for Rohingya was organized this evening by the North American Bangladeshi Islamic Community (NABIC) at Apex Masjid, North Carolina. The event was divided in there parts. Fundraiser for humanitarian assistance, advocacy and ground reporting of the Rohingyas in Myanmar and camps in Bangladesh.
The local Muslim community of surrounding area came together and raised $77,000 for the emergency relief. I was invited to speak on advocacy and how Carolina Peace Center was advocating for Rohingya with our elected leaders. I emphasized that our voice and effective lobbying can make a difference working with our elected officials and other human rights organizations. A presentation with images and videos was shown for the audience to understand the gravity of crisis by the NABIC Executive Director. I also stressed the fact that raising awareness through our different mediums was imperative especially when media in the US was not giving enough coverage on this genocide.
Over 520,000 Rohingya mostly Muslims have fled Myanmar aka Burma since this past August. Reports of ethnic cleansing, rape, killings of children and burning their villages have been reported. This is a mass scale disaster and a crime against humanity. Rohingya are the most persecuted ethnic group in the world. The world only worries about benefiting from its natural resources and wealth. Sad and tragic state of affairs.
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