Canadian Rohingya Youths Participate in Private Event with PM
By Ahmed Hashimullah
RVision TV News
London City, Ontario – The representatives of the Canadian Rohingya-youths participated in a private event on how ‘To Stop Islamophobia’ organized by ‘Liberal Party Canada’ in London on Wednesday evening.
The event held exclusively for Syrian and Rohingya communities at the venue of 1102 Cherygrove Drive, London city, was attended by 150 VIP including the Canadian Prime minister Justin Trudeau who was one of the speakers at the event.
In the meeting, the Rohingya issue was raised and a Rohingya youth, Ahmed Hashim Ullah, discussed with the Canadian PM on the same issue. The PM replied that he was glad to know about Rohingya and also encouraged the Rohingya youths to work more for the humanity. He also assured he would try to come one of their fund-raising shows: “I am Rohingya.”
In an earlier show ‘I am Rohingya’ that the youths held in Toronto on October 3rd 2016 night, Journalist and Anchor, Mehdi Hasan, was invited as Chief Guest and he delivered a passionate plea for Canadian Muslims to speak out against Islamophobia.
With the rise of anti-Muslim sentiments across the world, the Al Jazeera Journalist delivered a keynote address on the misrepresentation of Muslims in the media and the growing tide of Islamophobia in newsrooms across the globe.
The event organised and held by Islamic Relief Canada in Toronto was attended by over 900 people – mainly members of the Muslim community.
Other than encouraging Muslims to get involved in all aspects of media, Mehdi Hasan also challenged Canadians across the nation to stop being silent; and stand up and make sure their voices are heard.
“If not us, who? If not now, when”, questioned Mehdi Hasan.
The event also featured eyewitnesses’ testimonies from Myanmar – highlighting the neglected ongoing tragedy of Rohingya Muslims through a theatrical performance, ‘I Am Rohingya’, directed and performed by the Rohingya Canadian youth community.
The Rohingya people are one of the world’s most persecuted minority. They are an ethnic Muslim group in the majority Buddhist country, Myanmar, and make up a little over one million of its total 50 million population .
About 140,000 Rohingyas in the Arakan (Rakhine) state are forced live in ghetto-like camps, where they can’t move in and out without government permission.
Since 2012, the UNHCR estimates that more than 110,000 people, mostly Rohingya, have left on flimsy boats to countries such as Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.
All the monies raised at this event are going into Islamic Relief’s mobile health clinic projects in the densely populated Northern Rakhine State.
[Additional Reports by Saiful Rohin & Edited by M.S. Anwar]
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