Turkey approves financial aid to Myanmar Muslims

NEW YORK - Turkey and UNICEF agreed Friday to send US$1.82 million in humanitarian aid to support displaced Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

The money is planned to be used to provide clean water and to improve hygiene conditions for Rohingya Muslims who have been forced live within Internally Displaced Peoples (IDP) camps.

The sum was collected through a humanitarian aid campaign for Rohingya Muslims organized by Turkey`s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency.

Senior UNICEF official Dominique Hyde said the organization is grateful to Turkey for delivering aid to the displaced Rohingya population in Myanmar and also congratulated Turkey for its open door policy for Syrian refugees.

The Rohingya of Myanmar are one of the most persecuted minorities in the world according to the UN. They have suffered pogroms at the hands of Rakhine Buddhist extremists and now as many as 100,000 are left to languish in camps that have turned into ghettos. Their citizenship was removed in 1982, making them stateless.

Approximately 1.3 million Rohingya Muslims live in Myanmar.

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