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Rohingya Muslims Face Difficult Ramadan in Refugee Camps

SHAFAQNA- The 12-year-old Rohingya refugee dreamed of Ramadan back in his own village - fish to break the day's fast, gifts from his family and relaxing beneath the trees before evening prayers at the mosque. But for M.D. Hashim and others…

OIC Pledges Strong Role in Addressing Rohingya Crisis

SHAFAQNA- “We will play a strong role along with Bangladesh, United Nations and international community,” Hesham Youssef, assistant secretary general for OIC's humanitarian affairs, said after visiting Rohingya camps in Kutupalong Friday. Myanmar…

Myanmar bulldozes what’s left of Rohingya

SHAFAQNA- First, their villages were burned to the ground. Now, Myanmar’s government is using bulldozers to literally erase them from the earth – in a vast operation rights groups say is destroying crucial evidence of mass atrocities against…

Amnesty: Myanmar army ‘continuing to force Rohingya Muslim out of the country

SHAFAQNA- The tactics of ethnic cleansing are still widespread, despite Myanmar signing a recent repatriation deal with Bangladesh, where close to 700,000 Rohingya refugees have sheltered since the start of a brutal military crackdown in August,…

Swiss President Calls for Voluntary, Safe Return of Rohingya Muslims

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SHAFAQNA- Swiss Confederation President Alain Berset has assured Bangladesh of continued support in providing humanitarian aid to the Rohingya people as well as ensuring their safe return to Myanamar. Switzerland understands the magnitude…

Rohingya Women Recall Horror of Myanmar Army Massacre

SHAFAQNA- These Rohingya women survived a massacre. When Myanmar’s army entered Tula Toli, a village in Maungdaw townshipon, they carried out systematic killings and rape of several hundreds of Rohingya Muslims. Some of the worst…

Al-Azhar Sheikh Calls Off Visit to Rohingya Refugee Camp

SHAFAQNA- Sheikh el-Tayeb had been planned to lead a senior delegation to Bangladesh but sent Abbas Shuman, al-Azhar’s deputy head instead. The decision came following Friday’s deadly terrorist attack on a mosque in Egypt. On Friday,…

“I Thought I Would Die”- New Report on Rohingya by BROUK

SHAFAQNA- A new report documenting atrocities against the Rohingya has been released on November 1st by BROUK (Burmese Rohingya Organization UK). The report is based on more than a dozen interviews conducted in the Cox’s Bazar…

Ayatollah Makarem urges Islamic nations not to keep silent on plight of Rohingya

SHAFAQNA - Senior Iranian cleric Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi deplored the appalling conditions of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and called on all Islamic nations not to keep silent on the human tragedy in the Southeast Asian country. “The…

Canada’s Response to Rohingya Muslim Crisis

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SHAFAQNA- Canada's ambassador to Myanmar is one of very few Canadians, or foreigners from anywhere, who have seen that troubled strip of land since the violence and displacement started, prompting many, including the UN and Canada, to describe…

Ayatollah Khamenei donates funds for Myanmar refugees

SHAFAQNA-Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Tuesday donated funds for the Myanmar refugees. According to his official website, following his Representative Hojatoleslam Abdolhossein Moezzi report on the catastrophic status of Myanmar Muslims,…

UN Report Details Brutal Myanmar Attempt to Drive Out Rohingya Muslims

SHAFAQNA-Myanmar security forces have driven out half a million Muslim Rohingya from northern Rakhine state, torching their homes, crops and villages to prevent them from returning, the UN human rights office said on Wednesday. Jyoti Sanghera,…

Has UN failed the Rohingyas?

SHAFAQNA- Mohammad Zaman ENDLESS streams of Rohingyas have crossed the Naf river into Bangladesh. The deaths of children at sea stand out most vividly. Rohingyas have left behind everything they had once known in the face of the Myanmar military’s…

145,000 Rohingya children face malnutrition

SHAFAQNA- About 145,000 Rohingya refugee children pouring into Bangladesh to stay safe from a brutal crackdown by the Myanmar government are now at risk of severe malnutrition, a UK charity has warned. According to the Disasters Emergency…

Iran urges world to meet obligation to Rohingya Muslims

SHAFAQNA- International community's responsibility to Myanmar's Rohingya refugees becomes increasingly heavier as their dire situation becomes more complicated, Iran's Foreign Ministry's spokesman said on Saturday, IRNA reported. 'With…

‘I would be dead’: Britain’s Rohingyas speak out

SHAFAQNA- For members of Europe’s biggest Rohingya community in Bradford, northern England, the news from Myanmar brings a mix of anger, fear and haunting memories of dramatic escapes from their homeland. Some 300 members of the Muslim…

Rohingya refugee camps on brink of ‘health disaster’

SHAFAQNA- Bangladesh’s refugee camps are on the brink of a "public health disaster," Doctors Without Borders (MSF) warned, saying filthy water and feces flow through shanties bursting with Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Myanmar.  Nearly…

Britain Announces Ban on Military Training in Myanmar amid Rohingya Muslim Crisis

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SHAFAQNA- The British Ministry of Defence will "stop all defense engagement and training of the Burmese military” until it ends its security crackdown against the Muslim Rohingya minority, the Prime Minister said. More than 310,000 people…

Aung San Suu Kyi Set to Break Silence on Rohingya Crisis in Live TV Address

SHAFAQNA- Communal violence has torn through Rakhine state since August 25, leaving hundreds dead and driving more than 410,000 of the Rohingya minority from Myanmar into Bangladesh. But Suu Kyi, a Nobel laureate, has so far refused to…

Rohingya Crisis Rooted in British Colonialism

SHAFAQNA- Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, who are denied citizenship by the state and have suffered years of persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, have been forced to flee the country in the past fortnight following a brutal…

Myanmar's Rohingya crisis 'catastrophic', UN chief says

SHAFAQNA- The United Nations Security Council has "expressed deep concern" about the situation in Myanmar's Rakhine State, where over 370,000 Rohingya Muslims have been forced to flee across the border to Bangladesh to escape increasing levels…

UN Security Council set to hold emergency meeting on Rohingya crisis

SHAFAQNA- According to Presstv, The UN Security Council is set to hold a meeting to discuss the deteriorating situation of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, a day after the world body’s rights chief voiced alarm over apparent “ethnic cleansing”…

Rohingya Muslim Crisis: 400,000 Sign Petition to Strip Aung Sang Suu Kyi of Nobel Prize

SHAFAQNA- The leader of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy party was given the prestigious award in 1991 for campaigning for her country to hold full and free elections. But more than 405,000 people have now signed a petition on…

Critics circle Aung San Suu Kyi over Rohingya crisis

SHAFAQNA- World leaders, NGO's and fellow peace prize winners speak out over Aung San Suu Kyi's role in Myanmar's Rohingya crisis. Myanmar's Nobel Peace Prize winning Aung San Suu Kyi is facing intense scrutiny for her role in the…

Myanmar refugee exodus nears 300,000

SHAFAQNA- The United Nations has appealed for aid to deal with a humanitarian crisis unfolding in southern Bangladesh after the number of Muslim Rohingya fleeing Myanmar neared 300,000, just two weeks after violence erupted there, Reuters…

Iran urges action on Rohingya genocide before 'it's too late'

SHAFAQNA- Iran’s foreign minister has chided the international community for remaining silent on the violence directed toward Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, calling for swift action to end the genocide. “The international community…

UN chief warns of ethnic cleansing risk in Myanmar

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SHAFAQNA- The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in a rare letter to the Security Council on Tuesday expressed concern that the violence could spiral into a “humanitarian catastrophe” and warned there was a risk of ethnic cleansing…