Canadian group raises awareness about persecution in Burma

Over the years, tens of thousands of Rohingya people in Myanmar, Burma, have been facing severe persecution. Many of them have been killed, tortured or forced to flee to Bangladesh and other neighbouring countries.

Nouman Khalil

To raise public awareness about the plight of the Rohingya people and calling for an end to persecution, Canadians in Support of Refugees in Dire Need (CSRDN) and Justice For All’s Burma Task Force are hosting a public information session in Mississauga on Friday, May 5.

The forum takes place at 7 p.m. at the Noel Ryan Auditorium, Mississauga Central Library, 301 Burnhamthorpe Rd. W, Mississauga.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR) representative in Canada, Jean-Nicolas Beuze, will speak on the occasion to explain the plight of the Rohingya people — the minority Muslim community in Myanmar.

Andrew Day and Liz Mys, two aid workers who have recently published a book about Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, will also address the participants.

The session will also feature an exhibition of Day’s collection of photographs.

CSRDN is a Canadian Muslim organization with multi-faith representation that strives to help refugees across the world. Since its formation in 2014, it helped resettle Syrian refugees in Canada. Presently, the group undertaking a public education campaign by raising awareness about the plight of Rohingya refugees in Burma.