Published On: Sat, Jun 6th, 2015 on 3:29 pm

Mum on a mission to aid Rohingya refugees: ‘I will get in touch with MPs’

A mother from Wakefield who set up a petition calling the UK government to aid stranded Rohingyas plans on bringing it to the attention of MPs.

Rohingya Refugees

Taira Rashid set up the petition on Change.org after hearing news of countries refusing entry to refugees, mostly Muslims, who were fleeing persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

Refugees were caught on film pleading for help in crammed boats with nowhere to go.

Taira’s petition calls Prime Minister David Cameron to aid the Rohingyas, who are not recognised as citizens by Myanmar which makes them effectively stateless.

In just less than two weeks of it being set up, the petition gained over 500 signatures.

She said: “I never really thought it would get this much signs and I’m overwhelmed with support I have got. A lot of people want to help but just need that push.

“I’m hoping once I get 1,000 signs, I will get in touch with MPs. I’ll be trying my local ones first then escalate it to further MPs.”

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