The Indian Force provided tonnes of relief material for the Rohingya Muslims. That too on short notice.
The Rohingya is an ethnic group, whose majority is of Muslims, settled since centuries in a Buddhist majority country, Myanmar. Rohingyas are one the world’s most victimized minority as per reports. In Myanmar, as per the latest records there are around 1.1 million Rohingyas. They mainly are in the Rakhine state of the country, speaking in the Ruaingga dialect. The Rohingyas have not been granted Myanmar’s citizenship, upon the basis of not being considered as the official ethnic groups since 1982.
The Rohingyas are not permitted to leave the country without governmental consent. Rakhine is the poorest state of the country.
Recently the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army attacked Myanmar’s multiple government posts, on 25th August. Due to this ongoing conflict in Myanmar and in the Rakhine state 3,70,000 Rohingyas have taken refuge in the neighbouring country of Bangladesh. They are simply escaping the military conflict when the latest death toll has risen up to 97 – while crossing over to Bangladesh.
The Indian Air Force’s A C-17 provided a helping hand to the persecuted minority a 55 tonnes of relief material in Bangladesh.
A C-17, which is a heavy lift cargo aircraft, was on schedule to deliver necessities on Friday, but due to the emergency, New Delhi positioned the globe master on short notice, loading the cargo aircraft on Wednesday night with things like rice, pulses, cooking oil, salt, sugar, ready to eat meals, mosquito nets and other required materials to ferry to Chittagong.
The consignment reached Chittagong at 12:45 to help Bangladesh, as lakhs of Rohingyas have taken refuge over there. This material will be delivered in numbers of consignments under the Indian Government’s ‘Operation Insaniyat’.
The ARSA, Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, gave an announcement of a month long ceasefire last Saturday to allow the humanitarian aid, which was denied by the Myanmar Government.