Doha to Host Second Meeting on Muslims in Myanmar on Thursday

Doha, October 02 (QNA) – Doha is to host on Thursday the second meeting of the humanitarian organisations on the humanitarian situation of Myanmar Muslims.
The meeting will be organised by the Jeddah-based Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC ) in cooperation with Qatar Charity with about 30 regional and international organisations attending the event.
The meeting followed the first consultative meeting held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia earlier last month.
Ambassador Atta Al-Mannan Bakhait, the Assistant Secretary General FFor Humanitarian Affairs at OIC said in a press release issued here Tuesday that the Doha meeting is the first of its kind in the Arab region since such organisations have not met under one umbrella to discuss the gravely deteriorating situation in Myanmar.
For his part, Qatar Charity’s Executive Chairman Yusuf Ahmed Al Kuwari highlighted in a press statement Tuesday the importance of coordination among those organisations interested in the issue of Muslims of Rohingya and the need to take practical steps in this respect.
The coordinated joint action between all the concerned organisations working in the rescue operation in Myanmar whether Islamic or international, would further boost support needed for the Muslims of Rohingya urgently, said Al Kuwari in his statement. 
 The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and Non -Governmental Organizations (NGOs) provide recommendations related to the situation in Myanmar after they held a meeting on Friday (3/8) and in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Recommendations of the meeting consisted of nine points. The first inter-communal violence that is condemned indiscriminately that has erupted in Myanmar and cause the loss of most of their lives and livelihoods, and asked the international community to support and mobilize efforts in Myanmar in accordance with humanitarian principles like impartiality, neutrality, and independence.
The Committee shall perform the following responsibilities, among others, create a special fund for reconstruction and rehabilitation in the region of Arakan under the auspices of the OIC, and create an international media campaign, including social media, to share information about the protracted violence in Myanmar and humanitarian consequences for the minority groups in the country.
The Committee was also in charge of organizing an international conference about the unrest in Myanmar and humanitarian consequences for minorities in the country, in cooperation with other international bodies, and set up a private group of leading international advocate for peace, sustainable solutions to the unrest in Myanmar and humanitarian consequences for minorities in the country.
It is noted that some 69,000 people in Myanmar (also known as Burma) have been displaced by recent clashes in Rakhine State in Western Burma, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). About 46% of the displaced people are children.
More than 5,000 buildings were destroyed.  The conditions are dire: Fires have been burning for weeks and a state of emergency has been declared.
According to government reports, the majority of those fleeing are Muslims. The UN reports that some 800,000 Muslims of Rohingya ethnicities live in Myanmar in the northern Rakhine State. They are regarded as some of the most persecuted people in the world, and face regular food shortages. As clashes continue in their home area, their desperate situation has turned even more horrid.
Some who have fled the recent violence have crossed over into neighboring Bangladesh. But as the violence continues and more refugees attempt to escape, many are being turned away and any existing refugee camps are being capped.(END)

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