FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2017, file photo, a young Rohingya Muslim boy from Myanmar carries a child on his back and walks through rice fields after crossing over to the Bangladesh side of the border near Cox's Bazar's Teknaf area. Children make up about 60 percent of the sea of humanity that has poured in to Bangladesh over the last four weeks. These Rohingya Muslim children have endured dangerous journeys through forests and on rickety boats. Escaping to Bangladesh has meant safety from that violence. But the chaotic refugee camps, with tens of thousands of strangers living cheek by jowl in normally uninhabitable places are hardly the safe havens that nurture a childhood. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, File)
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An unprecedented humanitarian crisis is happening in our lifetime. The Rohingya people of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) desperately need your help. Since August 25th, 2017, more than 620,000 Rohingya refugees have fled the Rakhine State of neighboring Myanmar into Bangladesh. Predominantly a Buddhist nation, the Myanmar military have targeted this ethnic minority (composed mostly of Muslim but also some Hindu) with a campaign of violence that the UN has called a textbook example of ethnic cleansing. The Rohingya people had been denied citizenship by the government of Myanmar, excluded from their 2014 census and have been subjected to systematic persecution and blatant abuses of human rights for decades.  This had escalated into a scorched earth policy where Rohingya villages have been burnt to the ground, and their people have been butchered, raped and killed.  Risking death by sea or on foot, these people fled the destruction of their homes and persecution into neighboring Bangladesh, which itself is one of the most densely populated and economically challenged nations in the world. The sudden influx of refugees have resulted in atrocious conditions with dire need of food, shelter, healthcare and water. A majority of those who fled are children who lost their parents in Myanmar or along the way. These children have nothing. Through your generous contribution, we would like to be on the ground at these makeshift camps with supplies that are most needed for these most vulnerable people.

Rohingya Muslim children, who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, stretche their arms out to collect chocolates and milk distributed by Bangladeshi men at Taiy Khali refugee camp, Bangladesh, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017.(AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
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