Wakefield mum petitions government to aid Rohingya refugees
EXCLUSIVE: A mother from Wakefield has set up a petition calling the UK government to help aid Rohingya refugees stranded at sea.
Taira Rashid, decided to set up a petition on Change.org, after hearing news of countries refusing entry to refugees.
Refugees, including young children, were caught on film pleading for help in crammed boats with nowhere to go.
Most of them are Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, but some are Bangladeshis thought to be economic migrants.
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Speaking about why she decided to start the petition, Ms Rashid said: “I didn’t realise how bad the situation was until after finishing work on Sunday while sat on the train when I came across details of it on Twitter. I could not find any petitions to help the Rohingyas so I decided to make one myself.
“These people are stranded and no-one is willing to help. Where is the humanity?”
In less than a week, the petition has been signed over 50 times by people from as far as India and Australia.
There is a spelling error in the title of the petition but it cannot be changed by the creator once set up.