Sunday, September 17, 2017

Morocco Sends Aid to Rohingya Refugees

This week, King Mohammed VI gave instructions to send urgent humanitarian aid to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

According to the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the aid sent by the Kingdom of Morocco consists of tents, blankets, basic foodstuffs and essential medicines. The delivery, carried out by air, was by the Royal Armed Forces.

“This humanitarian action aims at assisting the efforts of a brother country to face the massive influx of the Muslim minority of the Rohingya, coming from Myanmar,” said the Ministry.

Seen as a serious humanitarian crisis, the Rohingya exodus has been making the headlines around the world. More than 400,000 Rohingya, mainly women and children, have fled to Bangladesh in the recent weeks as a result of indiscriminate violence against civilian populations carried out by the Myanmar army.

Bangladesh is struggling to cope with the influx of refugees

The Muslim minority has been facing prosecution in their country for decades and the crisis has prompted the UN to call for urgent action and address the issue in Myanmar. “The numbers are so alarming,” the UN official told AFP.

On Monday the UN human rights chief Zeid Raad Al Hussein called the prosecution of the Muslim minority "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” He urged Myanmar authorities to end the “cruel military operation” in Rakhine state from where the Rohingya have been forced to flee for their lives.

It has been difficult for international media to access Rakhine state to verify the horrific accounts refugees have given about the persecution conducted by the Myanmar army.

In June the monarch took another humanitarian action by giving instructions to send food supply to Qatar following the decision of four Arab countries to cut ties and impose an embargo on the Gulf state, which is depends on food imports.


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