Turkey launches SMS service for Rohingya donations

Aid agencies raise funds, provide essential supplies to 400,000 who have fled Myanmar  

Turkey launches SMS service for Rohingya donations

World Bulletin / News Desk

A Turkish charity has distributed emergency aid to 80,000 Rohingya refugees in the last three weeks, it said Friday.

IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation’s announcement came as Deputy Prime Minister Recep Akdag announced a SMS campaign to allow people to donate money to Rohingya.

“We want to give Bangladesh very serious and permanent support with our diplomatic efforts,” he said in an interview with broadcaster TRT Haber.

“As we know, the Bangladeshi government wants those who arrived to return. They are also a poor country. If the Bangladeshi government shows understanding and good intention on this topic, we are ready to undertake the financial burden of this.”

By texting the word “Arakan” to 1866, Turkish mobile phone users can automatically donate 10 Turkish liras ($2.90).

Arakan is an alternative name for Rakhine, the western Myanmar state that has seen around 400,000 Rohingya Muslims flee across the border since security forces launched a crackdown on Aug. 25.

Refugees have described security forces and Buddhist mobs killing men, women and children, looting homes and torching Rohingya villages.

According to Bangladesh, around 3,000 Rohingya have been killed in the operation.

Turkey has been at the forefront of providing aid to Rohingya refugees and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he will raise the issue at the UN.

 

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