Al-Khair Foundation are helping organise a flotilla of ships, taking hundreds of volunteers and tonnes of supplies, to help the humanitarian crisis of more than 600,000 people fleeing Burma for Bangladesh.
The Unity Flotilla, which unites a number of UK and international charities, will set sail from Malaysia to the Bangladesh-Burma border in January.
“The plight of the Rohingya people is visible for all to see. Their pain and suffering is such that no-one can imagine,” said AKF chairman Imam Qasim, “They need our support and they need it now.”
Al-Khair Foundation has already delivered medical supplies, shelters, food and clean water kits to the area, thanks to a huge response to its appeals from the British public.
But thousands of displaced Rohingya people are crossing the border into Bangladesh every day, carrying just a few personal belongings.
The Unity Flotilla was devised to provide a lifeline and demonstrate unified support from charities involved in easing their plight.
“This sends a strong message that they are not forgotten, they are seen, heard and people do care,” said Alim Shamas, of the Unity Flotilla.
Jilu Miah, operations director of Human Aid UK, added: “The United Nations Refugee Agency estimated 627,680 refuges have fled to Bangladesh since 25 August 2017. They walk for days through jungles and mountains or brave dangerous sea voyages across the Bay of Bengal.
“They arrive exhausted, hungry and sick and without a home – in need of international protection and humanitarian assistance.”
Mohd Azmi, president of MAPIM, said: “There is an urgent need at international diplomatic level to bring this humanitarian catastrophe to an end; in the meantime, charities must continue to provide all the support they can.”