Mehdi Hasan to speak on ‘Islamophobia and Media’ in Toronto

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Rohingya refugees

Islamic Relief Canada has announced that noted journalist and broadcaster, Mehdi Hasan,will be speaking  at a fundraising dinner on October 2nd.

With the rise in anti-Muslim sentiment across the world, the Al Jazeera Journalist will deliver a keynote address on the misrepresentation of Muslims in the media and the growing tide of Islamophobia in newsrooms across the globe, Islamic Relief said in a statement.

The event will also highlight the forgotten tragedy of Rohingya Muslims, featuring a theatrical performance ‘I Am Rohingya’ directed and performed by the Rohingya Canadian youth community.

The Rohingya people are one of the world’s most persecuted minority. They are an ethnic Muslim group in the majority Buddhist country of Myanmar and make up around one million of the total 50 million population. About 140,000 Rohingya in the Rakhine state live in ghetto-like camps that they can’t leave without government permission.

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Since 2012, the UNHCR estimates that more than 110,000 people, mostly Rohingya, left on flimsy boats to countries such as Thailand, the Philippines and Malaysia.

In the first three months of 2015, the number of refugees, or “boat people” as they were collectively dubbed, doubled from a year earlier to 25,000.

This event will fundraise for Islamic Relief’s mobile health clinic project in the densely populated Northern Rakhine State. – CINEWS

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