Turkey has collected TL 5.325 million ($2.962 million) in aid for the persecuted Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
The Prime Minister's Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD) thanked organizations and people who helped raise the fund for Muslims "living with internal conflict, ethnic discrimination and poverty in Myanmar's Arakan," Turkish media reported on Tuesday.
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu visited Myanmar last week along with Prime Minister's wife Emine Erdogan to deliver aid to Myanmar's coastal state of Rakhine, also known as Arakan, where Rohingya Muslims have faced massacres and numerous forms of discrimination.
According to the U.N., since the beginning of a new wave of ethno-religious tensions and attacks by Buddhists and fanatical groups targeting Muslims in Myanmar, nearly 100,000 people have left their homes. Fleeing to safety, many Rohingya Muslims have been forced to trek through jungle and heavy monsoon rains to reach the coast to escape to Bangladesh. However, even when fleeing on boats over the Bay of Bengal they are often pushed back to sea by Bangladeshi authorities, the report said.
by RTT Staff Writer
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