The Alliance for Rohingya in Cleveland, consisting of nonprofits Salaam Cleveland, the Refugee Response, Doctors Without Borders, various mosques, churches, synagogues, and temples in the local Cleveland community, is having a fundraiser dinner for medical relief for Rohingya Refugees on Sunday, December 10th from 2pm-5pm at La Villa Banquet Center (11500 Brookpark Rd, Cleveland, OH 44130) . Tickets to the event are free, and a $20 donation is suggested.
In a letter to the interfaith community, Salaam Cleveland said: “As of February 2017, the United Nations has reported that a Muslim minority known as the Rohingya, living in the Rakhine state of Myanmar (formerly Burma), have been facing increasing violence from Myanmar security forces. The report detailed that Rohingya have been beaten, killed, raped and forced from their homes. Villages, mosques and houses have been burned by state and civilian forces, as Rohingya face discrimination from the Buddhist majority in the country. Many Rohingya are fleeing to neighboring countries. The number of refugees in southern Bangladesh alone is more than 800,000 as of October 2017.” This is a major humanitarian crisis; the community is coming together to fundraise for medical supplies for these refugees.