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Rohingyas helped by Charity Alliance and Jamaate Islami

New Delhi: A group of uprooted Rohingya Muslims of Mayanmar, consisting of 19 persons, reached Saharanpur recently where it is putting up with relatives who fled Burma earlier. This group includes a woman whose husband was killed by Burmese soldiers and children whose parents are still in Burma trying to come out. Charity Alliance brought this group to Delhi where they were interviewed by the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) officials who accepted them as legitimate refugees and issued them provisional papers so that Indian authorities do not disturb them. After a few weeks the UNHCR will issue them permanent refugee status papers which will allow them to live in India in peace and start a new life here.

The group in Charity Alliance office in Delhi

This initiative was taken by Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan, chairman of Charity Alliance who has been helping Rohingya refugees in India for years financially and legally, including those who are languishing in West Bengal jails. To facilitate the new group’s Delhi trip and other help to the new comers Charity Alliance spent Rs. 27,700 while Jamat-e Islami Hind helped them with Rs. 20,000.

According to an estimate, around 30,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees are now living in India at various locations like Delhi, Jammu, Saharanpur and Muzaffarnagar in addition to various locations in West Bengal. Hundreds of them are incarcerated in Indian jails and the Indian government wants to push them back into Bangladesh but Dhaka rejects to accept them; as such these refugees, if pushed back, are either killed by Bangladesh border guards’ bullets or destined to live in the no-mans-land between the two borders. UNHCR offers papers to only those refugees who make it to its office in Delhi.    

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 June 2015 on page no. 13

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