On Thursday, September 28th, 2017, IDRF hosted a vigil on Parliament Hill to show their solidarity for the Rohingya people and the current atrocities that they have had to flee from Myanmar.
Since August 25th, more than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh, amidst allegations of mass killings and the systematic burning of Rohingya villages by Myanmar security forces. Approximately 1,000 have been killed in clashes with Rohingya fighters and government security forces, with women and children representing 80% of those who are affected. Those who have fled are forced to live in schools, community centres, and refugee camps in Bangladesh. In addition, they are now fleeing to a country that has been flooded and has left hundreds of thousands of people displaced and lacking access to basic food and clean water.
Our event speakers included: Fareed Khan & Raees Ahmed, Advocates for the Rohingya people, Alex Nieve, Secretary General of Amnesty International and Farheen Khan, IDRF’s Director of Fund Development and External Affairs.
The event was well attended by individuals from diverse communities and received exposure in both local and national press.