Year-End Giving: Support the Rohingya.


Earlier this month Doctors Without Borders estimated that nearly 7,000 members of the Rohingya (including more than 700 children under the age of five), who are Myanmar’s long-persecuted Muslim minority, have been violently murdered since August. If you’re still wrapping up your end-of-year giving, today’s #DailyRevolution is to support an organization aiding the Rohingya people.

The holidays are a time when many make charitable donations. With everything going on in the world, some folks use the holidays to gift generous donations to family and friends. So if you’re still thinking about making some holiday donations, today we have a list of organizations supporting the Rohingya. Note: to qualify for a tax deduction for 2017, donations must be in by December 31st.

The New York Times named the Rohingya among “the most mistreated people on earth.” These Muslim minority peoples have been denied citizenship by Myanmar’s government, and persecuted for years by the Myanmar military. The Rohingya are now being slaughtered by the Myanmar military as they flee to Bangladesh as refugees. Both the United States and the United Nations have called the current campaign against the Rohingya, “ethnic cleansing,” and Pramila Patten, a United Nations special representative on sexual violence in conflict, has called the use of gang rape by the Myanmar military “a calculated tool of terror aimed at the extermination and removal of the Rohingya as a group.”

The following organizations have staff, volunteers, and healthcare workers on the ground in Bangladesh serving the displaced Rohingya refugees:

  • BRAC was founded in Bangladesh and ranked the No. 1 nongovernmental organization in the world. They currently have 1,300 staff members directly serving the Rohingya refugee population and have trained 800 Rohingya refugees as volunteers.

  • Action Against Hunger has 1,700 volunteers and staff delivering water, hot meals, and health care to refugees in Bangladesh.

  • Save the Children has 1,400+ workers on the ground working to meet basic needs for Rohingya refugees including tents, cooking kits, and hygiene kits to the displaced Rohingya. They are focused especially on orphaned children who have lost their family members.

  • Doctors Without Borders has 2,000 staff and health professionals on the ground treating dehydration, diarrheal diseases, and injuries related to violence and sexual violence.

For more organizations supporting the Rohingya, check out this expanded list from the New York Times.