Sex trafficking is a lucrative business. As the world’s oldest profession it is now one of the fastest growing in an industry worth billions. The United Nations estimates that human trafficking generates more than $31.6 billion each year which makes it the second-most lucrative illicit market in the global economy after the drug trade. It is calculated that 2.5 million people are trafficked each year, of which 1.2 million are children. It has survived the global financial crunch and continues to grow year upon year.
Yesterday night at around 7:50 PM, violence broke out in the main municipal market of Maungdaw, Arakan. Rakhine Buddhist burned 7 shops belonging to Muslims and another 12 were looted; all taking place whilst the Rohingya were homebound because of their strict curfew, leaving them defenseless as the Rakhine destroyed their main source of livelihood.
For the past two years Restless Beings has been working directly with students of varying ages from primary and secondary schools, to sixth form colleges and universities all over the UK.
With the start of the new academic year, it was an honour for Restless Beings to be invited to an evening with the Cambridge University International Development Society (CUiD). The society works to provide a non-partisan platform to raise awareness of international development issues and to promote their open discussion, and so it was a pleasure to discuss our work with their members.
Earlier this year, we had researched the Sittwe registered and unregistered IDP camps to highlight the living conditions of the Rohingya who were moved to the area after the Summer attacks in June 2012. We strived to bring attention to the lack food, water, aid and shelter in the registered camps but also focus on the unregistered camps who did not receive anything at all.
A few months ago Restless Beings carried out the ‘My Ramadan Resolution’ campaign to give street children Eid gifts (consisting of a meal, new clothes and educational books) at the end of the spiritual month of Ramadan.
It brings us great joy to say we were able to raise enough to buy for all those who frequently use the Centre as well as many more, which was contributed towards the extra food distribution on the day!
The Restless Beings Bangladesh team as well as the children give their heartfelt thanks to the donors and supporters of this project.
President Thein Sein is due to visit Thandwe township tomorrow 2nd October, following large scale destruction and arson across many villages in Arakan state, Burma. Having already praised Wira Thu, the hate speech monk and poster boy of the '969' fascist movement thought to be responsible for recent attacks, it is widely expected that Thein Sein will not publically call for...
1st October 2013: Late this morning Kaman muslim communities came under attack in Thandwe township, north-east Burma. The troubled region has seen a flurry of attacks recently in the past fortnight and the fresh attacks come as Vice President of Burma visits the area.
As has been seen with previous tensions, houses have been set alight belonging to Kaman families and upto 30 houses...
Ask anyone and they will tell you; when they were young, all they wanted to do was make lots of money and chase their dreams when they grew up.
Everyone then dragged their heels through school, college and university and then finally when they landed that great job, they moved out.
Some of the children now living on the streets probably had the same dream – except their reasons to flock to the city are multidimensional. And their reasons to migrate are not often because they wanted to, but rather because they were forced to.