Whiles the world continues impressing on authorities in Myanmar to take action against the deadly persecution of the Muslim minority Rohingya, Turkish authorities are taking concrete steps to help them.
Turkish First Lady, Emine Erdogan, on Thursday visited fleeing Rohingyas who have fled into neighbouring Bangladesh. The Katupalong camp houses Rohuingya Muslims who fled the restive Rakhine State.
The Presidency shared photos of Erdogan’s wife in the company of top Turkish officials including Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu interacting and giving emergency aid to the displaced.
Former Nobel Laureate and pro-democracy activist, Aung San Suu Kyi, who leads the country has been called upon to intervene in the crisis. One of the latest personalities to impress on her is fellow laureate and retired South African cleric and anti-apartheid campaigner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
First Lady Emine Erdoğan visited Bagladesh`s Kutupalong camp which houses Rohingya Muslims from Rakhine state. pic.twitter.com/65FNQqWk65— Turkish Presidency (@trpresidency) September 7, 2017
First Lady Emine Erdoğan visited Bagladesh`s Kutupalong camp which houses Rohingya Muslims from Rakhine state. pic.twitter.com/1MYPu9zU7H— Turkish Presidency (@trpresidency) September 7, 2017
The Rohingya comprise some 1.1 million people who have long complained of persecution and are seen by many in Buddhist-majority Myanmar as illegal migrants from Bangladesh.
“We have to take care of our citizens, we have to take care of everybody who is in our country, whether or not they are our citizens,” Suu Kyi said earlier on Thursday in comments to Reuters Television’s Indian partner, Asian News International.
Suu Kyi, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 as a champion of democracy, did not refer specifically to the exodus of the minority Rohingya.