Crisis in Burma: Support the Rohingya People
The horrific persecution of the Rohingya people, an ethnic and religious minority in Burma (Myanmar), has recently intensified. Since August 25, 2017, Burmese forces have burned entire Rohingya villages to the ground, soldiers have indiscriminately massacred Rohingya men, women, and children, and an estimated 500,000 people have fled on foot or by boat to refugee camps in Bangladesh, a three-day trek from their burned villages.
As Jews, we understand this tragedy all too well, and we cannot remain silent while mass murder and displacement take place. We must act now to ensure the survival, safety and dignity of the Rohingya people.
AJWS is standing by the Rohingya people, offering immediate and longer-term humanitarian aid—including food and water—to refugees who have fled across the border into Bangladesh. We are also supporting Rohingyan human rights activists in Burma in their efforts to stop military violence against the Rohingya community.
We will stay the course to ensure that the Rohingya people survive this onslaught of genocidal violence and are able to live with dignity and human rights.