Magazine article Anglican Journal

PWRDF to Contribute $20K for Rohingya Relief

Magazine article Anglican Journal

PWRDF to Contribute $20K for Rohingya Relief

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The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is contributing $20,000 to a planned food assistance program for the Rohingya people of Myanmar, victims of what a United Nations official has called "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing."

More than half a million Rohingyas have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh after a brutal military crackdown against Rohingya insurgents in Rakhine state August 25. The Rohingya are a predominantly Muslim minority living in mostly Buddhist Myanmar.

The Anglican Church of Canada's relief and development agency announced October 2 it would put the money toward a food program operated by World Renew, a relief and development ministry of the Christian Reformed Church in North America.

Naba Gurung, PWRDF's humanitarian response co-ordinator, said he hoped the program would be operating in mid-October.

According to PWRDF, Myanmar government tactics have included the burning of villages and the rape and murder of Rohingya civilians. Most of the Rohingya refugees are now living in overburdened refugee camps in Bangladesh.

The crisis has led some to criticize Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the former Myanmar dissident and Nobel Peace Prize recipient who now heads the country, for ignoring the plight of the Rohingya. …

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