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Rohingya refugees at Aligarh get aid, first time

New Delhi:  198 families of Rohingya Muslims, staying in Aligarh's Turkman Gate, near Allana factory, got any kind of aid for the first time on 8 July, when a delegation of Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, led by its general secretary, Mufti Ataur-Rahman Qasmi, reached there from Delhi with two truckloads of ration, sufficient for one month for each family. The total expenditure on this material has cost over three lakh and 28 thousand rupees. This supply was possible with the help of former MP, Muhammad Adeeb and his friends. Identifying deserving families, sending aid and managing distribution became possible with the efforts of the president of Charity Alliance, Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan. This aid included 25 kg. rice for each family in addition to sufficient quantities of pulses, sugar, tea, dry milk, dates and edible oil, etc.

Dr. Zafarul-Islam, who is busy these days in the survey of Rohingya Muslims staying across India, has appealed to philanthropists to pay attention to the Rohingya camps where no aid has reached so far. Delhi's philanthropists are paying attention only to two camps near Kalindi Kunj, where more than sufficient aid has reached, while the camps at Faridabad, Khajuri Khas, Mathura, Mewat, Saharanpur, Meerut and Aligarh etc. are still waiting.

Dr. Zafarul-Islam said that, with the help of Muhammad Adeeb and his friends, aid has been sent for the first time, during the last few days, to Rohingya Muslims staying at Faridabad and Khajuri Khas. The recipients included dozens of widows who are in dire need of help. Besides, there are hundreds of children who are unable to go to schools. It is necessary that compassionate persons should come forward to help these widows on the one hand and the children on the other, so that they get admission in schools. This will save the next generation of Rohingya Muslims from ruin. For the time being they are doing some manual labour and collecting garbage. Lack of education and ignorance of Urdu and Hindi are the handicaps which hinder these refugees from adjusting in the new environment.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 July 2015 on page no. 13

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