Rohingya crisis needs urgent action: Canadian aid workers

MNA Exclusive Desk: A group of Canadian aid workers is urging the federal government to act quickly on some of the recommendations made in a report on the Rohingya crisis by Bob Rae, Canada’s special envoy to Myanmar.

At a news conference in Toronto on Friday, the group Canadians in Support of Refugees in Dire Need (CSRDN) said the wait has been unacceptable.

“We must lead the international community. The inaction is unbelievable,” said CSRDN co-chair Dr. Aliya Khan, noting that it’s been six weeks since the government released a report from Mr. Rae outlining the crisis, yet no actions have come from it.

Mr. Rae, the former premier of Ontario and Liberal MP, presented his recommendations in April. A spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada said that “we are examining these recommendations and will have more to announce very soon.”

The latest attacks carried out by the Myanmar military in August last year resulted in numerous deaths, along with the rapes of many women and young girls. As a result, an additional 700,000 Rohingya people sought refuge in Bangladesh camps.

A report released by the United Nations says that almost 60 babies a day are being born, many of whom are at risk of abandonment, infection and death.


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