Does it take a humanitarian crisis to bring people together?

Opinion  |  Zan Azlee
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Dr Jefri: I attended the coordination crisis meeting this morning at the command centre and a realisation hit me.

Me: And what did you realise?

Dr Jefri: Most of the NGOs that are in Bangladesh right now are Western, non-Muslim organisations and they are all putting their full effort into saving the Rohingya.

Me: If only Malaysians could see this.

Dr Jefri: Yeah, it would be a good lesson to learn about solidarity with humankind.

So this is the conversation I had with Dr Jefri Irwan Harris, a volunteer doctor with Malaysian medical NGO Mercy Malaysia. We are all on a mission in the Kutupalong and Balukhali Rohingya Refugee camps in Bangladesh.

Many of you would be familiar with the Rohingya crisis. This ethnic group originating from the Rakhine state in Myanmar are predominantly Muslim. It is believed that their total population stands at two million and 75 percent of them have left Myanmar...


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