620,000 People Fled Myanmar In A Refugee Crisis. These Stars Are On The Scene To Help.

“We’ve come to meet them, to talk to them, and to understand their needs.”

Celebrities are throwing their support behind the Rohingya — a majority Muslim, minority Hindu ethnic group that has often been called the most persecuted minority in the world.


Myanmar has denied citizenship to the Rohingya since 1982, and military crackdowns in the South Asian country in the intervening years have stoked accusations of ethnic cleansing from Human Rights Watch. Since the latest crisis began in August, more than 620,000 Rohingya have crossed the border into Bangladesh, CNN reports, where they are living in one of the largest refugee camps in the world.

Just today, December 1, Pope Francis addressed the plight of the Rohingya. "Your tragedy is very hard, very big," he said during a speech in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka. "We give you space in our hearts … In the name of everyone, of those who persecute you, those who hurt you, and especially of the world's indifference, I ask for your forgiveness. Forgive us."

Now stars from around the world — including "Lean On" producer DJ Snake and Jurassic World actor Omar Sy — are teaming up with the activist network Love Army, and traveling to Bangladesh to bring attention to the Rohingya and raise money for their well-being.

"Behind us are nearly 1,000,000 people, the Rohingya," DJ Snake said in a Twitter video filmed at the refugee camp. "They've been kicked out of their home … and they are living a horrible life. We've come with the Love Army to meet them, to talk to them, and to understand their needs. If we all work together, we can change their lives."

These Love Army stars, led by French Snapchat star Jérôme Jarré, have also launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the refugees, and they've already raised more than $1.5 million.

"The government of Bangladesh is overwhelmed by the refugee crisis," the team writes in the GoFundMe description. "The refugees arrive having eaten little if anything in days, and with just the clothes on their backs. Children are especially vulnerable to human trafficking, servitude, and abuse, as many have become separated from their families. Once they arrive in the tent cities (without any sanitation), the daily struggle continues to access clean water and food."

The campaign promises 100 percent of donations will go "directly towards … food, clean drinking water, and other critical supplies."

(H/T: Coconuts)


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