Stokes Early College service organizations to host Rolling for Rohingya

Staff Report

Multiple service organizations from Stokes Early College are bonding together to host a fundraiser to assist the victims of the genocide in Burma, i.e. the Rohingya People currently refugees in Bangladesh. The key event of the fundraiser will be an evening of fun and bowling from 9:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. at Rural Hall Bowling Lanes on Friday, Nov. 17. All members of the community are invited to participate by purchasing a ticket for the bowling event, making a financial contribution, or just coming for friendship and fellowship. All proceeds from the fundraiser will be donated to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières medical relief mission for the Rohingya at Cox’s Bazar and Kutupalong in Bangladesh.

For the past two months, more than 600,000 Rohingya people have been driven from their homes, had their land destroyed, and endured torture and rape while searching for safety. Remember what happened in Rwanda? Now, pay attention to Myanmar. The Rohingya are often described as among the most persecuted people on earth. They are a predominantly Muslim ethnic group, and despite having lived in Myanmar’s Rakhine state for centuries, they’re refused citizenship. For years, their movement has been restricted, and they have been denied access to education, health care, and other basic services. Under the guise of fighting insurgency, or terrorism, the Rohingya have suffered what the UN has called a “textbook case” of ethnic cleansing. Since August 25, almost half the Rohingya population in Myanmar has been driven out – one of the fastest movements of people in recent decades. Bangladesh has opened its borders and is doing what it can, which is a lot for the most densely populated country on earth, already fighting poverty and the consequences of climate change.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières [ MSF] has treated more than 30,000 people at its facilities in Cox’s Bazar since August – five times the number of patients who sought treatment during the same period last year. Most people are suffering from respiratory tract infections and diarrheal diseases, which are directly related to the poor hygiene conditions in the informal and severely congested settlements where the Rohingya are living. A ticket to the event or a donation will go a long way towards saving lives and providing hope.

Students from several different service organizations from Stokes Early College High School including the Amnesty International Club, Pride, and the Student Government Association will be hosting the event. Clubs at the school have hosted several fundraisers for Doctors without Borders including the Sk8 Against H8, the Ebowlathon, and other fundraising efforts for the organization’s programs in Syria dating back to 2012.

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