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Hapless Rohingyas of Mewat get aid

New Delhi:  Thousands of Rohingya Muslims residing in six camps across Mewat received aid from Indian Muslims on 3 August. The provision of the aid was made possible with the efforts of former MP, Muhammad Adeeb and his friends who had earlier provided similar help to hundreds of Rohingya Muslim families living in Khajoori Khas, Faridabad, Aligarh and Mathura during the holy month of Ramadan. Each family received about a whole month's ration.

The whole operation of collecting the aid and its distribution was made possible with the personal attention of the General Secretary of the All-India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, Maulana Ataur-Rahman Qasmi who was present during the distribution of aid on all these occasions. Other arrangements were made by the volunteers of Charity Alliance which also contributed financially in the process. The renowned advocate, Z.K. Faizan, was also present during the distribution of the aid in Mewat.

This time, residents of five Rohingya camps situated around Nuh were provided whole month's ration. A total of 1,152 persons belonging to 349 families received aid in Mewat. The total cost exceeded  312,000 rupees. Aid couldn't be provided this time to one camp located at some 40 kilometers away at Punhana. Former MP Muhammad Adeeb and President of Charity Alliance, Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan, later provided aid to this camp also by distributing Rs. 1,000 cash to each family.                    

It is worth-mentioning that some 30,000 hapless Rohingya Muslims, fleeing from Burma, have taken shelter in India. They live in the suburbs of a number of cities, in shanties. Some of them are widows whose husbands were either killed in Burma, or died while fleeing from that country. Hundreds of Rohingyas are imprisoned in various jails in India for residing n the country "illegally". Although, the immigrants who manage to reach the office of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) at Delhi which issues refugee status papers to these refugees. These papers are accepted by the Indian government, but this facility is limited to those who are able to personally reach UNHCR office in Delhi.  In the recent past, the Charity Alliance has facilitated the travel of dozens of Rohingya Muslims from other areas to Delhi and got them registered at the UNHCR. Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan h qas advised the philanthropists to pay attention towards the Rohingya Muslim refugees living outside Delhi who are residing in various parts of India in helpless condition and have got no aid from any quarter.     

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

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