Summer Fundraising: Support Rohinya and Bride Kidnapping

Support us in our joint fundraising campaign this year which will support Rohingya refugees escaping military backed violence and discrimination in Burma and women suffering from bride kidnapping, domestic, physical, psychological abuse and forced abortions in Kyrgyzstan.

We need to raise £35,000 this summer to maintain our existing work and ensure that we can provide long term support and solutions that the Rohingya refugees face in the region and uphold women’s rights in Kyrgyzstan. To date we have raised almost £5,000 and we desperately seek your support for our urgent work.

  • £100 supports Rohingya refugees for two meals per day for 30 days, Eid clothing, hygiene products and Eid meal AND supports women’s rights project providing psychological counseling, accommodation, legal support to enable women to rebuild their lives
  • £75 supports Rohingya refugees for two meals per day for 30 days as well as Eid gift of clothing, hygiene products and Eid meal
  • £50 supports Rohingya refugees to ongoing fresh water supply, security to prevent further human trafficking AND basic counseling for women in Kyrgyzstan

(Zakat and Sadaqah accepted)

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KRGYZ WOMEN'S RIGHTS

Since 2010, Restless Beings have been operational in Kyrgyzstan working on an issue known as Ala Kachuu. Ala Kachuu is non-consensual bride kidnapping.

Previously it was seen as a Kyrgyz tradition but in more recent times many cases of bride kidnapping have seen unknowing, innocent young women being abducted from the street on their way to work or college often being bundled violently by groups of men into cars and sped away. The young woman then normally faces huge emotional trauma as she is horrifically brought to her new marital home where she will be forced into a marriage against her will. In marriages such as these, research has suggested that more than 50% end up with either domestic violence, forced abductions and divorce often leaving the young woman’s life in tatters and shamed in her community.

We have expanded our work now to South Kyrgyzstan where bride kidnapping is most common in rural areas. Here we have established a small shelter, which acts as a women’s library by day, and a psychological/legal shelter after hours. The building has a roof that is unfinished and as a result is exposed to the elements, often flooding and normally leaving the building very cold and unusable.

Our work in the coming months and years will see our team train local community, religious and political leaders to stand up and mediate for young women who suffer bride kidnapping in their community. We will also work to establish the largest schools network in South Kyrgyzstan to educate future generations about the importance of marriage choices and women’s rights.

ROHINGYA REFUGEES

In May 2015 more than 8,000 Rohingya refugees were fleeing persecution in Burma and were stranded at sea unable to shore. Eventually 2,000 Rohingya were allowed to enter Indonesia in Aceh. Since that time however, dangerous human trafficking groups have shifted almost 1,500 Rohingya from the safety of Aceh back into dangerous and insecure territories.

Last year we sought your help to provide security, water and aid for the refugees and we received an overwhelming response. However, the need for support is as strong as ever as human trafficking groups have been working in the area on vulnerable Rohingya refugees. Furthermore, a boat of Sri Lankan refugees close to our team in Aceh are currently unable to shore and have been floating at sea for over 2 weeks as they have not been granted permission by Indonesian authorities to shore just yet. As soon as they do, a huge humanitarian effort will be required to nourish and keep them alive.