Turkish Islamic scholar and intellectual Fethullah Gülen has donated $10,000 to support Myanmar Muslims who have long faced discrimination in the Asian country and have been targeted in killings by local Buddhists.
Gülen donated $10,000, earned from the sales of his books and audio recordings, to leading Turkish charity association Kimse Yok Mu (Is Anybody There), which distributed aid packages to Muslim refugees in Bangladesh’s Cox Bazaar, fleeing one of Myanmar’s deadliest conflicts. Communal violence is grinding on in western Myanmar weeks after the government declared a state of emergency there, and Muslim Rohingyas are increasingly being targeted in attacks that have included killings, rape and physical abuse, Amnesty International said in a report.
Amnesty International accused both security forces and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists of carrying out new attacks against Rohingyas, who are seen as foreigners by the ethnic majority and denied citizenship by the government because it considers them illegal settlers from neighboring Bangladesh.
The UN estimates that 800,000 Rohingyas live in Myanmar today. Thousands attempt to flee every year to Bangladesh, Malaysia and elsewhere in the region to escape a life of abuse that rights groups say includes forced labor, violence against women and restrictions on movement, marriage and reproduction.
Published on Today's Zaman, 30 July 2012, Monday