IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation (Turkish NGO), which has been carrying out relief efforts in the region for 15 years, went to the Myanmar-Bangladesh border following the latest incidents and visited the camps where Rohingya people took refuge. Turkish journalists who visited the region with IHH emergency aid team held a press meeting at IHH center in İstanbul.
Quoting “10.000 Rohingya refugees have arrived recently to Bangladesh” Said Demir who has visited the region 30th times for IHH’s projects for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and Myanmar as a volunteer stated that the world is still silent on the violence inside Myanmar against Rohingyas that has been going on for a really long time. Demir also said he witnessed that UN representatives asked Rohingyas about violence in front of officials of Myanmar so in order to save their lives they denied.
Journalist Fatih Er who works for Turkish news channel AHaber, said that they managed to reached to Myanmar side of river where the government cut the electricity and soldiers shoot everything moving. Talking about his feelings Er said “I am not an emotional person but the reality of the region is really shocking”. He also stated it is almost impossible to deliver help inside Myanmar.
Osman Sagirli, journalist for Turkish daily Türkiye, stated that 400,000 people have been forcing to leave their homes but UN says it is 22,000. Saying “You don’t have to dramatize the story it is all real and very painful” Sagirli quoted that Rohingya refugees told them ‘They don’t shoot us with bullets cause it is more valuable, they bury us alive’.
Expressing his impressions Sagirli said “12 year-old girl begged me to ‘save us’ this is the reality of the region and where is UN?” he also uttered “As a journalist I’ve been traveled many refugee camps and crisis regions but this is the worst.”
The press meeting on Rohingya crisis is over with the calls of awareness and urgent help.
Rights violations to date against the Rohingyas
-Unlawful detention, torture and maltreatment
-Religious and ethnic discrimination, revocation of citizenship
-Building new settlements and displacing of Muslim Rohingyas
-Destruction of cultural, historical heritage and values
-Pressure on Christians and Buddhists
Source: IHH July 2012 Arakan Report