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Voice description: slow paced, serious voice with an undertone of urgency. 2012-08-06 09:36:48 GMT 2012-08-07 19:43:33 (GMT 0) Greenwich Mean Time: Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London Yes (click here to learn more about ) Closed - Note: This project was manually closed by the voice seeker before it reached its original deadline. 0 0 0 direct invitation(s) have been sent by the voice seeker resulting in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far. Voice123 SmartCast is seeking 50 auditions and/or proposals for this project (approx.) Invitations sent by SmartCast have resulted in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far.
They are branded as one of the most persecuted communities in the world by the UN, yet nobody knows their name. They are the forgotten people.
The Rohingya have been subject to state sponsored ethnic cleansing by the Burmese government. Despite their existence in Burma dating as far back at the 8th century, Rohingyas are denied citizenship and condemned as ‘illegal immigrants’.
Targeted as a result of their religion and race, the Rohingya suffer oppressive levels of discrimination in face of the Rakhine Buddhist majority. Land confiscation, forced labour and denial of very basic human rights including education, marriage and healthcare are characteristic of everyday reality for the Rohingya people.
In recent weeks, the escalating violence has displaced more than 90,000 Rohingya people. Villages are being burnt, people are being abducted, concentration camps are being created, women are being raped and children mercilessly killed.
Survivors are desperately trying to escape persecution and seeking refuge in neighbouring countries like Bangladesh, but are being rejected by border guards. The Bangladeshi government has even recently barred aid groups from helping refugees fleeing the violence. Boats of starving, injured and dying men, women and children are being turned away forced to make a choice – either return to death in Burma or wait for death on open sea.
There has been a lack of coverage from the mainstream media of the heightened level of abuse the Rohingyas have been facing in the past few months. Due to the neglect from the media and governments alike, the majority of people are unaware of this dire situation.
Thus this is no longer just a regional issue. This has become an issue that demands international concern, condemnation and action. The persecution against the Rohingya can be described in no other terms but that of ethnic cleansing and genocide.
This is a call for action, a call for change. We need to pressure our leaders to act now. They need to know the world is not going to sit by while the suffering continues. The Rohingya people need our help.
Find out what YOU can do at wearehelp.org
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