Rohingya People Emergency Appeal
A day doesn’t go by and I usually get a dozen or so Rohingya videos of Rohingya Muslims being killed lots and lots of pics of alleged torture, rape. I assume they are Rohingya Muslims as they, the pictures have not been verified and on social media one gets drowned with so many images, videos,charity appeals one begins to get “desensitised”
The latest two videos that were each approximately 2 mins long, one shows a Burma army soldier committing an atrocity, however on closer inspection you realise that the uniform is not that from the Burmese army. Now can I say before I begin I am not in any way condoning the human suffering loss of life, degradation and abuse of human rights, the torture or the killings that is happening there but rather I am concerned about two videos that have become viral on social media that are allegedly linked to Rohingya and are trying to raise awareness linked to that region in the world..
One is evidently a fake video created by I’m sure well-meaning individuals who wanted to show what is happening, but either they have not had access to first-hand information and so have resorted to using old video footage and creating a new video from this, I suppose the intention was good but on realisation that it is a fake video It does take a lot of trust away and in fact I believe it may, in the long term do more damage for the Rohingya cause.
The second video that I want to mention which has caused a lot of social media commotion “Noise” is one where a charity person, volunteer is wearing a red top this slim built chap with a manicured beard is looking directly into a camera and crying something along the lines that “I have come here with bags of rice and they are telling me stories of rape and torture” and then this individual begins to cry uncontrollablyinto the camera.
I have seen this video several times and a few of my contacts have shared this video with me, this interested me as it raised more questions than answered. So much so that I and one of our Humanity Gives Trustees decided over a late meal to analyse this video further.
The first concern was who sent this chap? a worrying trend for charities is the number of well-meaning charity people who simply jump onto a plane with a pocketful of money, travel half way across the world with hopes and dreams of wantingmake a difference now we have seen first- hand the aftereffects of this. One of our sessional youth workers who had passed all checks (CRB/DBS checks) and was facilitating a group of young footballers on a footballing residential. In the middle of the night he woke up screaming, fair enough it was a nightmare but when you have a group of 12/13year olds you expect a bit more professionalism, Ok you are probably thinking” Yes but it was a nightmareit can’t be helped”.
Until this chap explained to the senior management team that he had ventured into Palestine as a Charity Person and wanted to help the Palestinians, however fighting broke out and he saw and heard bombings and grenades exploding the shock of which stayed with him, so now this poor chap is suffering from possibly Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with no counselling or support and is in fact now unable to support 12/13-year-old footballers on a residential. He was sent home I will never forget being told, off the sight of a half-naked man running through the corridors screaming “Run! Run! “at the top of his voice in genuine fear.
Another group of Charity People that we know well went to the Greek island of Lesbos to help support the Syrian refugees needless to say many weren’t expecting to see dead drowned bodies scattered across the sea shore, many had no idea on how to clean or wash a corpse for ritual burial, the shock of which devastated many, some of the men were propositioned by desperate, vulnerable refugee women to marry them, take them as wives and had to be literally slapped by other members of the team in order to “snap them out” and remind them the real reason that they were there.
This leads me back to the Rohingya video chap. It is very worrying to see many well-meaning young people, old people, charity people who without the necessary training and conditioning venture out into the front lines, who actually foolishly walk out into a war zone and have not been prepared for the horrors they see, the screams, the agony, the pain and anguish that that haunts the air, the smells that confoundthe senses.
Death weighs heavily, the decaying human flesh, the waste, the excrement, the touch and feeling you get when you hold a dead body where rigor mortis has set in or the spongy wet cold, feel of the skin of a drowned wet body …these nightmares will live with you. Are you ready for this? evidently the chap in the Rohingya video was not and many charity people end up becoming a burden themselves and have to be sent home or confined to camps in order for the more trained and resilient to continue the work.