Persecuted Rohingya people desperately need humanitarian aid – as well as intervention from the international community to give them safety and justice.
That was the message from a high-profile fund-raising event in Yorkshire last night (Fri).
More than 100 people from across the North of England attended the Carlisle Business Centre, Bradford, for the event organised by campaigning MEP Amjad Bashir.
Audience donations raised £150,000 (correct) towards the aid effort for more than 600,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled murder and ethnic cleansing in Myanmar to reach makeshift refugee camps across the border in Bangladesh.
Mr Bashir, Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and The Humber, told the meeting: “These people have nothing but the clothes they stand in and feel lucky to have escaped at all. Many have seen their husbands and sons maimed and murdered.”
Guest speakers included businessmen Aneel Mussarat and Sabzadha Jehengir, who have just returned from Bangladesh where they delivered aid for refugees on the ground at the camps in Cox’s Bazaar.
Fund-raiser Adnan Sohail spoke of the work of the Minhaj Welfare Foundation, which gathers funding worldwide for its well-established aid programme there.
Mr Bashir has also been to the camps at Cox’s Bazaar and last month made a successful intervention in the European Parliament resulting in an extraordinary debate and a cross-party resolution calling for sanctions on Myanmar and an international summit to tackle the crisis.
After the even he said: “I was bowled over by the attendance and by people’s generosity.
“I think people were really moved by what we told them of the injustice and suffering which have afflicted the Rohingya.
“I have said repeatedly that the internationa