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iDumb
November 16, 2017, 09:05 AM
Besides donating to some major non profit organization, can someone come up with ways to help. Please keep political suggestions off but actually talk about genuinely helping a refugee.

let's see who can come up with some good stuff that maybe some of our members here who is visiting BD can get involved in.

SportingBD
November 16, 2017, 09:14 AM
If you have a house in BD that is left empty most of the year, take them in.
Provide for them until the situation gets resolved and they can return home peacefully.

If you are going there in BD for holiday, take couple of orphans (at least one if you feel uncomfortable with more) to your place, give them the best time possible. They may never experience such kind of experience as you can provide for them, even for a week or two. They will cherish those moment. To live a week like a normal person, that can do whatever he wishes, like a normal kid. They will make sincere dua for you. Make them happy and smile.

SportingBD
November 16, 2017, 09:34 AM
If you have a house in BD that is left empty most of the year, take them in.
Provide for them until the situation gets resolved and they can return home peacefully.

If you are going there in BD for holiday, take couple of orphans (at least one if you feel uncomfortable with more) to your place, give them the best time possible. They may never experience such kind of experience as you can provide for them, even for a week or two. They will cherish those moment. To live a week like a normal person, that can do whatever he wishes, like a normal kid. They will make sincere dua for you. Make them happy and smile.

If this is too complicated or too hard -

Than go to that place where most of them are. Arrange some sports/fun activities for the young children’s. Spend your day doing something nice that will make them happy. Buy some cricket bat, football etc, give it out to them.

iDumb
November 16, 2017, 10:09 AM
If you have a house in BD that is left empty most of the year, take them in.


i think this is illegal. I think they have to remain in the camps. I don't want your thougths.. I want you to search the net, facebook and actually come up with legitimate sources or ways to help... within laws. for example, nameing Volunteer organizations where you can physically get involved instead of just donating to an org, so you actually know first had what's going on.

this is a HUGE mess and the repercussions of this will be felt decades to come. 1 million rohingyas in that small country... God help everyone.

SportingBD
November 16, 2017, 10:32 AM
i think this is illegal. I think they have to remain in the camps. I don't want your thougths.. I want you to search the net, facebook and actually come up with legitimate sources or ways to help... within laws. for example, nameing Volunteer organizations where you can physically get involved instead of just donating to an org, so you actually know first had what's going on.

this is a HUGE mess and the repercussions of this will be felt decades to come. 1 million rohingyas in that small country... God help everyone.

Most organisation are happy to support people that likes to volunteer physically. But the known ones are like UNICEF, Muslim Aid, Islamic Relief. You would have to speak to them directly (Google them, email/phone etc) Tell them that you would like to help as a volunteer. Most organisations are very welcoming to this.

BengaliPagol
November 17, 2017, 03:02 AM
in our latest boys in the cave episode we talk about these issues and also what the Rohingya issue really is like

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6AsFrp46io
http://boysinthecave.libsyn.com/episode-3-rohingya-harun-harace

DinRaat.
November 17, 2017, 03:51 AM
Is Ghilan bengali.

Shingara
November 17, 2017, 03:57 AM
Boycott Burmese products. I saw a nice winter jacket the other day. As soon as I saw it was made in Burma, I left it alone.

Obstruct Burmese embassies may be another good idea.

Tigers_eye
November 17, 2017, 09:36 AM
For a permanent solution you have to make a path for them to go back. That means securing their homeland. Without politically engaging you can't house millions of new mouth and ask UN to fund them.

DinRaat.
November 17, 2017, 10:25 AM
You guys forgot the most simple way to help the Rohingya.

Praying 2 rakat extra namaz and making dua for them.

Come on guys.

DinRaat.
November 17, 2017, 10:35 AM
For a permanent solution you have to make a path for them to go back. That means securing their homeland. Without politically engaging you can't house millions of new mouth and ask UN to fund them.

Impossible UN is too busy rattling the sabre in the cobra(NK) cage.

BengaliPagol
November 17, 2017, 03:53 PM
Is Ghilan bengali.

he is something like half egyptian half somali

NoName
November 18, 2017, 12:36 PM
You guys forgot the most simple way to help the Rohingya.

Praying 2 rakat extra namaz and making dua for them.

Come on guys.

You sound like the GOP equivalent when a mass shooting happens in the US

Rifat
November 18, 2017, 09:31 PM
Besides donating to some major non profit organization, can someone come up with ways to help. Please keep political suggestions off but actually talk about genuinely helping a refugee.

let's see who can come up with some good stuff that maybe some of our members here who is visiting BD can get involved in.

Bhaiya,

I have a very close friend who is going to Bangladesh to within the next month insha Allah to personally help them out. I am attaching a link to his campaign:

https://www.gofundme.com/rohingyaofcoxsbazaar

He is a very trustworthy source.

Shingara
November 19, 2017, 08:52 AM
We should all go and build kata tarer bera around the camp and then electrify it. ( Please donate your Energizer batteries )
I read a report that 20 year old pimps are employing Rohingya women as prostitutes. Hopefully, this should stop them

iDumb
November 19, 2017, 11:09 AM
We should all go and build kata tarer bera around the camp and then electrify it. ( Please donate your Energizer batteries )
I read a report that 20 year old pimps are employing Rohingya women as prostitutes. Hopefully, this should stop them

This is how ppl like trump wins an election ..there are just too many ppl like the above ..

We should put you in that camp .

Fyi ... prostitution is legal in Bangladesh ... so there is nothing wrong with any legal citizen willing to sell their service .

Sometimes it's a good practice to keep your thoughts to yourself .. (I should exercise this too online )

iDumb
November 21, 2017, 12:11 AM
i went to buy fish today from supermarket.. hilsha and mrigel... I was so upset-- every single fish is products of Myanmer. I didn't have any choice.

What are these Bnagladeshi supermarkets doing... abandon that $hi#... Get it from elsewhere - we will pay higher gladly.

Make a fuching statement even if it doen't change anything.... just say F&&& you bit&&!!

Shingara
November 22, 2017, 04:11 AM
This is how ppl like trump wins an election ..there are just too many ppl like the above ..

We should put you in that camp .

Fyi ... prostitution is legal in Bangladesh ... so there is nothing wrong with any legal citizen willing to sell their service .

Sometimes it's a good practice to keep your thoughts to yourself .. (I should exercise this too online )

As a Muslim and a human being, I am against prostitution.
Anyway, you seemed to have missed the point. Rohingya women are being exploited.

iDumb
November 22, 2017, 09:49 AM
As a Muslim and a human being, I am against prostitution.
Anyway, you seemed to have missed the point. Rohingya women are being exploited.

now you are a champion of women ?

Yes putting an electrified fence around them will solve the problem . I didn't miss the point .

Zeeshan
November 22, 2017, 02:35 PM
I was actually with Shingara and I still think his boycott idea is the sanest and most sagacious post in this thread. But yeah...the whole electric fence thingy kinda threw me off.

Time to time, non-violent protest had made the biggest impact in humanity. Anyway, nothing I say or write will do any justice to the unspeakable cruelty.

kalpurush
November 22, 2017, 04:06 PM
In Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada, we are organizing a fundraising event to help a bit...

One can donate through OXFAM, Canada Website

http://bccav.ca/

^^^ click the OXFAM Website link and donate, if you can and wish to ...

Thank you :)

Tigers_eye
November 22, 2017, 09:52 PM
Ethnic Cleansing Burma - US announces
http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/22/politics/tillerson-myanmar-ethnic-cleansing/index.html

Zeeshan
November 23, 2017, 10:01 AM
^^^^^Not good enough. Shouldn't have come to this for US to take notice.

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/myanmar-and-bangladesh-sign-deal-to-return-rohingya-refugees/ar-BBFx9eD

Rifat
November 23, 2017, 10:45 AM
Bhaiya,

I have a very close friend who is going to Bangladesh to within the next month insha Allah to personally help them out. I am attaching a link to his campaign:

https://www.gofundme.com/rohingyaofcoxsbazaar

He is a very trustworthy source.

Posting the link again. All of the money that was raised in his campaign will go to helping the refugees such as:

With your generous donations, our volunteers will aim to achieve the following:

- Distribute food packages regularly to the refugees currently residing at the Cox's Bazaar. $16 can feed one individual for an entire month. $100 can feed a family of 6 for an entire month.
- Establish water wells in the makeshift camps that have popped up in the area. A normal water well is estimated to cost approximately $1500.
- Make any necessary purchases for medical and sanitation needs.
- Document the crisis first hand.

All funds collected will be directed to the Rohingya population. We are raising funds so that we can help them directly with food, water, medical needs, and basic necessities.

Please donate generously. there are no personal gains from this project except doing good solely for the sake of Allah.

https://www.gofundme.com/rohingyaofcoxsbazaar

Zeeshan
November 23, 2017, 12:00 PM
Please donate generously. there are no personal gains from this project except doing good solely for the sake of Allah.

https://www.gofundme.com/rohingyaofcoxsbazaar


I was actually going to donate. But when you said "For sake of Allah" I immediately withdrew my intention.

It's for sake of HUMANITY!!!! What the hell's wrong with you man?

Anyone has any link that directly funds help directly to the source?

SportingBD
November 23, 2017, 02:02 PM
I was actually going to donate. But when you said "For sake of Allah" I immediately withdrew my intention.

It's for sake of HUMANITY!!!! What the hell's wrong with you man?

Anyone has any link that directly funds help directly to the source?

“Develop in your heart the feeling of love for your people and let it be the source of kindliness and blessing to them. Do not behave with them like a barbarian, and do not appropriate to yourself that which belongs to them. Remember that the citizens of the state are of two categories. They are either your brethren in religion or your brethren in kind. They are subject to infirmities and liable to commit mistakes.”

- Imam Ali Ibn Abu-Talib A.S

Zeeshan
November 23, 2017, 06:33 PM
“Develop in your heart the feeling of love for your people and let it be the source of kindliness and blessing to them. Do not behave with them like a barbarian, and do not appropriate to yourself that which belongs to them. Remember that the citizens of the state are of two categories. They are either your brethren in religion or your brethren in kind. They are subject to infirmities and liable to commit mistakes.”

- Imam Ali Ibn Abu-Talib A.S

LOL You know in some weird way, that actually resonated within me. Thank you. I needed to hear this.

Anyway, back to a general post and not directed at anyone:

My only guilt of donating is the following. Maybe BCites can help me see through.

It is very easy to swipe your credit card with three digit protection pin and go about clinking apple cider for thanksgiving hoping I made a difference. See, for people like me who live here it is an entirely abstract concept.

Throwing some cash and assuming everything will be hunky dory will not be the problem solver. We will go about our merry day tomorrow and forget it.

That is why plight and suffering we see in tv about Syrian refugees and Rohingya is so abstract and far removed from us.

If I could, I'd rather go to a fellow human being and hold her in my arms and caress her hair and comfort her and tightly bring him to my arms hugging and just ...just for few seconds tell him: "Baby don't worry. Please. God loves you. And EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY."

That five second moment is priceless. That moment is something money can't buy.

But then again perhaps that is not my path. For some compassion or peace or kindness or love. For an NFL player it is path to wash the feet of homeless men and leave a brand new pair on the football field. For me, my path is empowerment. To be empowered and empower others.

There is one beautiful individual and divine soul - a female BC member- who is doing just that. Going out there and making a difference. I wish I could rise and aspire to her divine status. It is funny when I was her friend, I never appreciated her presence and only when she was gone I felt her.

Also, there is another issue how much is enough or too little. I know anything helps... but then your mind plays trick on you. You donate more it looks like ego and show off and little then it shows apathy.

Possibly I am overanalyzing but I just spilled my inner soliloquoy.

Zeeshan
November 23, 2017, 06:35 PM
SportingBD I love hadith (?) and quotes like this. Feel free to write on my wall any link or resources which will show me guidance. Thank you.

Zeeshan
November 23, 2017, 07:40 PM
“Develop in your heart the feeling of love for your people and let it be the source of kindliness and blessing to them. Do not behave with them like a barbarian, and do not appropriate to yourself that which belongs to them. Remember that the citizens of the state are of two categories. They are either your brethren in religion or your brethren in kind. They are subject to infirmities and liable to commit mistakes.”

- Imam Ali Ibn Abu-Talib A.S

SportingBD I love hadith (?) and quotes like this. Feel free to write on my wall any link or resources which will show me guidance. Thank you.

Ummmm naah homes. I am actually little shocked that "I" get to be the "barbarian" for exposing your precious little peewee for what he really is. I don't know about you but the way my momma raised me homey, a barbarian calling another a barbarian is actually himself a barbarian.

If I am a total jerk and a d****ead than I certainly dragging others with me who try to hide behind religious mask.

I stand by my ad hominem. I am not the one who should apologize.

Zeeshan
November 23, 2017, 07:51 PM
Prove me wrong and open a gofundme and a thread to petition for all the Hindus getting slaughtered left and write in our country. We will see kaar diil koto douur...........

"But but this is not the topic nor thread to discuss about that. You are actually breaking forum rules."

Oh I see. Apparently human lives are precious little commodities and packages to fit into our neat little boxes and topical threads for us to decide and assess their risks and triage how much down the line should they get priority.

And you guys call yourselves humans!!!

zman
November 23, 2017, 11:48 PM
Posting the link again. All of the money that was raised in his campaign will go to helping the refugees such as:



Please donate generously. there are no personal gains from this project except doing good solely for the sake of Allah.

https://www.gofundme.com/rohingyaofcoxsbazaar
Rifat, Thank you for the link. For some time I've been searching for a reliable source that has less than 50% overhead. I like what I'm seeing here. Can you tell us a little more about his experience with this kind of effort? Insha'Allah I'll do my best. I plan to be in BD in Jan for a couple of weeks. I'd love to take a day or two out of my schedule to meet and work with him on ground zero if it's reasonably safe and at all feasible.

Rifat
November 23, 2017, 11:56 PM
Rifat, Thank you for the link. For some time I've been searching for a reliable source that has less than 50% overhead. I like what I'm seeing here. Can you tell us a little more about his experience with this kind of effort? Insha'Allah I'll do my best. I plan to be in BD in Jan for a couple of weeks. I'd love to take a day or two out of my schedule to meet and work with him on ground zero if it's reasonably safe and at all feasible.

The group CT Anchor - a group of college kids(most or all of them I know at a deep personal level except the sisters of course lol) went to Greece to personally help out Syrian Refugees with food, clothes, medical help etc. I can get you his contact info if you wish to help out personally with the team.

zman
November 24, 2017, 12:51 AM
The group CT Anchor - a group of college kids(most or all of them I know at a deep personal level except the sisters of course lol) went to Greece to personally help out Syrian Refugees with food, clothes, medical help etc. I can get you his contact info if you wish to help out personally with the team.
Sounds like they are US students. Have they lived in Bangladesh before? Greece is a developed country and one would think it would be much easier to manage this kind of relief effort there. Do you know any more details about their plans, such as how long they plan to stay? How they plan to travel to the relief shelter and distribute food and clothes? How many water wells they plan to set up? I'm familiar with the cost of setting up water wells. In areas where you require deep water wells, it can cost you about $700-$900. From what I've heard about the area where the emergency shelters are being set up, it's almost at sea level and it is sufficient to extract water with regular tube wells, which cost about $100. I'm sharing this in case it helps them utilize their resources better and get more bang for their buck.

Rifat
November 24, 2017, 01:01 AM
Sounds like they are US students. Have they lived in Bangladesh before? Greece is a developed country and one would think it would be much easier to manage this kind of relief effort there. Do you know any more details about their plans, such as how long they plan to stay? How they plan to travel to the relief shelter and distribute food and clothes? How many water wells they plan to set up? I'm familiar with the cost of setting up water wells. In areas where you require deep water wells, it can cost you about $700-$900. From what I've heard about the area where the emergency shelters are being set up, it's almost at sea level and it is sufficient to extract water with regular tube wells, which cost about $100. I'm sharing this in case it helps them utilize their resources better and get more bang for their buck.

interesting. I would have to speak to Khairul in person about this. I think he is scheduled for a visit to my home in a couple of weeks, Allah willing.

SportingBD
November 24, 2017, 03:55 AM
Ummmm naah homes. I am actually little shocked that "I" get to be the "barbarian" for exposing your precious little peewee for what he really is. I don't know about you but the way my momma raised me homey, a barbarian calling another a barbarian is actually himself a barbarian.

If I am a total jerk and a d****ead than I certainly dragging others with me who try to hide behind religious mask.

I stand by my ad hominem. I am not the one who should apologize.

Oh. God.

Zee, I thought you being a smart person will deduce the point from that quote. You talked about humanity and I posted a quote that says you be kind, helpful etc to people because either they are humans like you and me or they are your brothers in religion. Both ways it works. But you deduced the point to be about guidance and referring you as Barbarian?

Really sorry you felt that way.

Zeeshan
November 24, 2017, 08:26 AM
Misunderstanding happens SportingBD. But I like how zaman bhai and Rifat are communicating. Something they'd never be on the same page before. THIS is what I want to see.... :p

mufi_02
November 24, 2017, 11:04 AM
I am glad it is making international headlines quite frequently these days. I was asked by some coworkers (who knows I am Bangladeshi) about the issue. The misconception still exists about how Rohingyas are not Burmese but illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. Also if Muslims are being cleansed ethnically then maybe they have done something wrong.

Ajfar
March 5, 2018, 07:14 PM
<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HlI1YmjnyWE" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe>

These people are doing amazing things! They are still collecting if any one is interested in giving, Humans of New York is also collecting for this project.

Mas_UK25
March 6, 2018, 03:29 AM
^Brilliant stuffs they’re doing. God bless them!

bujhee kom
March 6, 2018, 11:23 AM
Thank you dear Ajfar for sharing that clip with us. I did not know of them and the most wonderful things (like Mas Bhai said) that they are doing for humanity!

Shingara
March 6, 2018, 02:20 PM
You can help the Rohingyas by sending money to BD govt. Our economy is taking a hit because we have to feed and provide for these people.

I wonder what will be the end game. Will we ever be able to send these people back ?

Shingara
March 20, 2018, 07:01 PM
Koisilam na ?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-43469043

Antora
March 22, 2018, 06:41 AM
If you have a house in BD that is left empty most of the year, take them in.
Provide for them until the situation gets resolved and they can return home peacefully.

If you are going there in BD for holiday, take couple of orphans (at least one if you feel uncomfortable with more) to your place, give them the best time possible. They may never experience such kind of experience as you can provide for them, even for a week or two. They will cherish those moment. To live a week like a normal person, that can do whatever he wishes, like a normal kid. They will make sincere dua for you. Make them happy and smile.

As an international development professional, I STRONGLY disagree with your recommendations.

If you start providing for a group of people in your house, they'll never leave. Also, I recommend you and others to read up on orphanage tourism and the negative mental health impacts that have on children. You can't just give children a good life for a week then send them back to the camps. That does more harm to them mentally as children from these traumatic humanitarian crises need to develop long-term relationships and stability in their lives.

Obviously, I am biased so I'd encourage donating to organisations such as Oxfam, Save the Children, Plan International etc.

There are Rohingya communities scattered around the globe, and I would recommend supporting diaspora Rohingyas in strengthening their voice. Here in Melbourne, Rohingya communities have protested in front of state and federal parliaments. One easy way to help is by joining them to strengthen their voice in the political sphere--you can even approach your local MPs.

If anyone here is involved in the media, gather your local Rohingya community leaders and give them a platform to speak and educate others on what's happening.

Another way to help is to approach organisations such as Oxfam or Save the Children and volunteer--although there has been a bit of an influx. Being Bangladeshis, we are in an advantageous position to volunteer on the ground given the language and cultural similarities with Rohingyas. There's a need for doctors, mental health professionals, educators etc.

If you guys are wanting to donate, my personal opinion would be to donate to education programs and women's empowerment programs. Everything else is also very important, but these things are vital for the younger Rohingya population. This is a community who have never had a formal education; all they know is Madrasa education. So in order for them to move forward, education is vital and women being educated is extremely important.

DinRaat.
March 22, 2018, 06:55 AM
As an international development professional, I STRONGLY disagree with your recommendations.

If you start providing for a group of people in your house, they'll never leave. Also, I recommend you and others to read up on orphanage tourism and the negative mental health impacts that have on children. You can't just give children a good life for a week then send them back to the camps. That does more harm to them mentally as children from these traumatic humanitarian crises need to develop long-term relationships and stability in their lives.

Obviously, I am biased so I'd encourage donating to organisations such as Oxfam, Save the Children, Plan International etc.

There are Rohingya communities scattered around the globe, and I would recommend supporting diaspora Rohingyas in strengthening their voice. Here in Melbourne, Rohingya communities have protested in front of state and federal parliaments. One easy way to help is by joining them to strengthen their voice in the political sphere--you can even approach your local MPs.

If anyone here is involved in the media, gather your local Rohingya community leaders and give them a platform to speak and educate others on what's happening.

Another way to help is to approach organisations such as Oxfam or Save the Children and volunteer--although there has been a bit of an influx. Being Bangladeshis, we are in an advantageous position to volunteer on the ground given the language and cultural similarities with Rohingyas. There's a need for doctors, mental health professionals, educators etc.

If you guys are wanting to donate, my personal opinion would be to donate to education programs and women's empowerment programs. Everything else is also very important, but these things are vital for the younger Rohingya population. This is a community who have never had a formal education; all they know is Madrasa education. So in order for them to move forward, education is vital and women being educated is extremely important.

I agree with this :up:

Tigers_eye
March 22, 2018, 04:17 PM
For those who give but question the legitimacy of the Organization:

1) It is okay to second guess but after finding the facts please give.

2) It is your intention and steps that you take counts.

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Such an inspiring video. Thank you Ajfar.

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Antora, Thank you for giving us options. Great advices as well.