Turkey's Humanitarian Aid Foundation (İHH) has started an aid campaign for refugees in the Teknaf area of Bangladesh who have fled the oppression of Myanmar's generals.
"We have started a humanitarian aid campaign to help Myanmar refugees in Bangladesh," announced İHH President Bülent Yıldırım in a statement made yesterday.
The refugees, struggling to stay alive in a camp resembling a swamp, have asked for a helping hand from Turkey. İHH representatives say this was why the group started organizing humanitarian aid programs in the area.
The İHH says nearly 12,000 refugees from Myanmar's Arakan region risk starving to death as their food supply is close to being depleted. The refugees have also been badly hit by globally rising food prices.
Nur Ayasha, a 30-year-old mother of five, said her family has been struggling with hunger for nearly a week. Ayasha's husband died in Myanmar. When she crossed the border with her children, she started begging for food and money. But a severe downpour lasting nearly a week has made going outside of their huts impossible.
World Bulletin, Today's ZamanLast Mod: 25 Temmuz 2008, 08:34