IFT Team in Bangladesh for Rohingya relief work
Assessment and Planning
The IFT relief team visited a number of campsites to assess the immediate requirements of the refugees. Collaboratively, we determined the logistics needed and operationalized our relief efforts in an efficient manner.
Our first meeting was held at Balukhali camp # 1 with Major Nafees who was very helpful in advising on priority needs of our fellow Rohingya brothers and sisters. Immediate needs included clothing, shelter, and food as these items were very scare amongst the refugees. Major Nafees kindly introduced our team to camp # 2 lead, Major Mahfooz, who further helped us organize our efforts.
During our outreach, we collaborated with several other NGO’s who were spearheading medical, sanitary, and water purification efforts. A great suggestion we adopted and implemented was distributing soap, a basic human necessity which remains scarce throughout the settlements. We felt this was a vital preventive measure to help curb the spread of bacteria and disease.
Through collaborating with the Majors and other NGO’s, our team created a final list of supplies we believed was most important:
- Clothing (Lungi, Saree, Blanket, and Towel)
- Food (Rice 10 Kg, Lentil 4 Kg, and Oil 900ml, and soap added for 2ndbatch)
- Shelter (Tarpaulin and Cash of 1,000 Taka) to build shelters.
The IFT relief team acquired an initial shipment of 2,000 packets of clothing. The packaging was done in Chittagong; items were packaged in 132 master bags and delivered to Balukhali Camp #2 for distribution among Rohingya Refugees.
Additionally, our team located a local vendor (Three Brothers) owned by Noor Muhammad close to the Balukhali camp to purchase another 2000 bags of food. The bags were packaged with supplies under our close supervision to ensure consistency in quantity was delivered as agreed.
The following was successfully distributed to the refugees (Alhamdulillah):
- 2 Trucks of Clothing total 4000 Bag.
- 8 Trucks of Food total 8,000 hampers.
- 1 Truck of Tarpaulin 2,000 pieces and Cash BD Taka 1,000 each.
- 4,000 packages of Soap containing six in each pack.
A total of 12 Trucks of supplies with over 16,000 packages were distributed to the Rohingyas
Refugees through the efforts of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto community. Our relief team was extremely honored and grateful to succeed in this opportunity through the help of Allah SWT.
For further details or any questions, please contact Khusro Khan or Shakil Akhter.
We would like to give a special thanks to the volunteers: Br. Anwar Hussain for dedicating his time to this cause & Br. Shams Ul Islam for his leadership and language translation.
Press Briefing in Dhaka
After finishing the relief work, IFT organized a press briefing on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Dhaka Reporters Unity to share their progress and express concerns about their findings.
This outreach was well received and covered by local media outlets in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh.
Meeting with Mr. Benoit Préfontaine
High Commissioner of Canada to Bangladesh
Before IFT's relief team was commissioned to Bangladesh, Member of Parliament Shaun Chen had communicated our mission to Mr. Benoit Préfontaine, High Commissioner of Canada to Bangladesh.
Upon completion of our mission, we held a meeting with Mr. Préfontaine to present our findings and summarize our observations on the state of the Rohingya crisis witnessed first-hand. Mr. Préfontaine's lent his undivided attention and was very receptive to our feedback.
We thank him for his dedication and his efforts through this time of turmoil.
Relief Work Photos
The Scale of Rohingya Refugee Camps
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Letter sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Response from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
From: Ministerial Correspondence / Correspondence Ministériels (IRCC) <IRCC.MinisterialCorrespondence-CorrespondenceMinisteriels.IRCC@cic.gc.ca>
Date: Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 10:26 PM
Subject: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
To: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Islamic Foundation of Toronto
Dear Akbar Warsi:
The Office of the Prime Minister has kindly forwarded a copy of your correspondence of September 8, 2017, to the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, concerning the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
I appreciate and understand the reasons that prompted you to write. Canada remains deeply concerned by the critical and worsening situation in Rakhine state and its impact on neighbouring Bangladesh.
Prime Minister Trudeau has spoken with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and conveyed his deep concerns over the situation in Rakhine State for Rohingya Muslims and other ethnic minorities. The Prime Minister also emphasized the urgent need for Myanmar's military and civilian leaders to take a strong stand in ending the violence, promoting the protection of civilians and the need for unimpeded access for the UN and international humanitarian actors.
As a member of the international community, Canada helps find solutions to prolonged and emerging refugee situations and helps emerging democracies try to solve many of the problems that create refugee populations. To do this, Canada works closely with the United Nations Refugee Agency.
Canada wants the democratically-elected government to succeed. We will support all efforts to build an inclusive, diverse and stable society in Myanmar. So far in 2017, Canada has contributed $6.63 million in humanitarian assistance to our partners in Myanmar and Bangladesh.
The Government of Canada is keenly aware of Canadians’ willingness to do more for refugees around the world and looks forward to continued collaborative efforts to further this mutual interest.
Thank you for writing and expressing your concerns. I trust that this information is of assistance.
Ministerial Enquiries Division
This electronic address is not available for reply.