The Government of Canada has announced a match for all projects responding to the Rohingya refugee crisis. Every dollar donated by Canadians in response to the Rohingya refugee crisis until November 28, 2017 will be matched by the Canadian government through its new Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund.
That means that until November 28, your donation will go twice as far!
In August 2017, violent outbreaks against Rohingya people living in Myanmar caused a mass exodus of more than 600,000 people into Bangladesh. The needs are enormous, especially for women and children. Families have come with little more than the clothes on their backs, and have arrived to nothing.
“Those that have escaped the violence are experiencing incredible anguish,” shares Ken Kim, World Renew’s Director of Disaster Response and Rehabilitation.
One night, after finishing work for the day Mohammed returned to his home to find chaos. People were screaming and running from their homes. People in his community were being shot before his very eyes. Homes were being burnt to the ground. In his neighboring village of 750 people, he fears that nobody escaped. Tears flowed down his cheeks as he talked about what had happened.
Mohammed’s story is hard to grasp. Such senseless violence is hard to understand in North America. And yet the needs are very real.
“Bangladesh is now hosting the world’s biggest refugee camp where over 900,000 Rohingya and other minorities are fleeing the ethnic cleansing in Myanmar,” the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Canada’s Minister of International Development said. “Your donation will save lives and will allow them to be treated with dignity until they can return home.”
World Renew is already helping Rohingya families in Bangladesh, but more can be done. Throughout the month of November, while this match is ongoing, please consider donating to this response.
Pray that the Great Physician would help to heal the physical, emotional, and spiritual wounds that this crisis is creating.
PHOTO TOP: Rohingya refugees walk through the sprawling Kutupalong Refugee Camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, where members of the ACT Alliance provide humanitarian support for the refugees. More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled violence in Myanmar for safety in Bangladesh. PHOTO CREDIT: Paul Jeffrey