Ja­pan of­fers US$3.5 mil. to help Ro­hingya

The China Post - - CLASSIFIEDS -

Ja­pan on Satur­day of­fered US$3.5 mil­lion to help the Ro­hingya boat peo­ple who have fled Myan­mar where they faced se­vere dis­crim­i­na­tion.

For­eign Min­is­ter Fumio Kishida said Ja­pan re­mained com­mit­ted to help­ing na­tional rec­on­cil­i­a­tion ef­forts on var­i­ous fronts in Asia, in­clud­ing be­tween Myan­mar’s gov­ern­ment and “eth­nic mi­nor­ity groups.”

“With re­gard to non-reg­u­lar im­mi­grants, in­clud­ing women and chil­dren try­ing to cross the In­dian Ocean, Ja­pan has de­cided to ex­tend US$3.5 mil­lion” through global agen­cies such as the U.N. High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees, he said in a public ad­dress.

The money will go to pro­vid­ing food and shel­ter as well as to fund data anal­y­sis of their mar­itime move­ments, the for­eign min­istry said.

The plight of the per­se­cuted and im­pov­er­ished Ro­hingya has drawn in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion as thou­sands of them and Bangladeshi mi­grants cram into boats and strug­gle des­per­ately to reach other South­east Asian coun­tries.

The Mus­lim Ro­hingya com­plain of sys­tem­atic dis­crim­i­na­tion and mis­treat­ment by Myan­mar’s Bud­dhist­ma­jor­ity gov­ern­ment, which re­fuses to even rec­og­nize them as cit­i­zens.

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