Friday, October 13, 2017

It is estimated that over half a million Rohingya women, men, and children are currently living in dire conditions in Bangladesh – without clean water, sanitation, or even basic shelter.

They were compelled to flee Myanmar this past summer due to what the United Nations Office of Human Rights is now calling “brutal, well-organized, coordinated and systematic attacks.” These attacks were orchestrated by Myanmar security forces, says a newly-released UN report.

Canada’s unions are urging everyone to support the efforts of relief agencies, including Oxfam Canada. Oxfam Canada has established a strong presence on the ground, reaching 100,000 displaced people with desperately needed supplies, as well as providing clean drinking water, portable toilets, and sanitation facilities. The CLC has donated $10,000 towards its efforts.

“We cannot put a price tag on safety, security, and overall health and well-being,” says Hassan Yussuff, CLC President. “It is our collective and individual responsibility to help those who are far less fortunate by supporting aid organizations doing critical work to alleviate suffering around the world.”

Oxfam aims to reach 200,000 people with:

·      water tanks, water treatment plants, containers for clean drinking water;

·      portable toilets and sanitation facilities;

·      30 tons of flattened rice, 23 tons of sugar, and 23,000 fortified biscuit packs;

·      plastic sheets, and other essential Non-Food Items (NFIs).

Learn more from Oxfam Canada about how you can support this life-saving work.