Iran to send 3rd humanitarian aid Cargo to Rohingya Muslims refugees in Bangladesh
(AhlulBayt News Agency) – Iran is due to load and send its third cargo of humanitarian aid to Myanmar’s Muslim refugees in Bangladesh later on Tuesday.
Head of Iran’s Red Crescent Society Ali Asqar Peivandi along with one of his deputies will head to Bangladesh on Tuesday night and the humanitarian aid will be loaded and dispatched to the Myanmar Muslims later.
Iran has sent two 30-ton and 40-ton cargos of humanitarian aid to the Muslims in Myanmar via Bangladesh in the past month.
The Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar have long been subjected to discrimination in Buddhist-majority country, which denies them citizenship.
Myanmar’s government regards them as illegal migrants from Bangladesh, even if they have lived in the country for generations.
Refugee camps near Bangladesh’s border with Myanmar already had about 300,000 Rohingya before the upsurge in violence last month and are now overwhelmed.
Tens of thousands of new arrivals have nowhere to shelter from monsoon rains.
Those flocking into Bangladesh have given harrowing accounts of killings, rape and arson by Myanmar’s army. Myanmar authorities deny any wrongdoing.
Most have walked for days and the UN says many are sick, exhausted and in desperate need of shelter.