Mission: Help Rohingya Women Who Said ‘No’ To Abortion
“We want to help the brave Rohingya women who will deliver babies resulting from repeated rapes in Myanmar”, says Sharon Santiago a RINJ Foundation nurse, director and staff writer for Feminine Perspective. “And provide special care for those with special needs,” she added. The infants have been silently appearing in camps since April.
Myanmar Soldiers Burned Rohingya villages and raped the women. Santiago has begun a GoFundMe Campaign for herself and nursing team to deliver babies in Rohingya Camps. Photo credit: Moe Zaw / Voice of America
by Feminine Perspective Staff
Raped Women who turn down abortion to carry to term and deliver and love their babies are among the most courageous people on Earth.
“We want to provide MidWife and Medical Health care for them with you behind us,” says Nurse Santiago.
Raped Rohingya Women may be as many as 100,000 across three countries where Rohingya are displaced. Now the displaced population in Bangladesh camps is delivering more than 60 babies per day.
RINJ Sexual Assault Clinics (RSAC ) in cooperation with Bangladesh NGOs will deliver as many special cases as there may be of the 80,000 children expected there. Otherwise the women are on their own in many camps.
Today, the total population of Rohingya in Bangladesh is estimated to be around 900,000. We don’t know exact numbers.
The situation is chaotic. Over 80,000 are pregnant as a result of rape by Myanmar Soldiers in Myanmar from where these women have been violently displaced. Our nurses are helping deliver the babies. We need your help for the more challenging cases. Enteral feeding and other specialized care for challenged infants, specialized care for mothers, nurse travel and expenses, ongoing care for babies are why we are using multiple methods of fundraising beyond our usual donor group.
|“We have watched this crisis unfold as we put pressure on the UNSC to take action”, says Santiago.
“Now we see where we can make a hands-on difference: Deliver babies of the rape survivors and help the existing infants get better started in life with their courageous moms.”
Gateway to Nga Khu Ya camp in Maungdaw, Rakhine State, on June 28. Myanmar Border Guard Forces (abbreviated BGF) are subdivisions of the Tatmadaw (Myanmar Armed Forces) Photo: Associated Foreign Press
Bangkok-based Fortify Rights has documented mass killings, rape and arson attacks against Rohingya and has called on the United Nations Security Council to urgently refer the situation in Myanmar to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The group identifies 22 Myanmar army and police officials who should be criminally investigated for their roles in atrocities. The list includes military chief Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, deputy commander-in-chief Gen. Soe Win and joint chief of staff of the army, navy and air force Gen. Mya Tun Oo. Read: Fortify_Rights_Long_Swords_July_2018
The RINJ Foundation has continuously applied pressure to the UN Security Council (UNSC) and repeatedly prodded the International Criminal Court (ICC) to take on the case of the Rohingya peoples, especially the women and children.
With the consent of patients who wish to proceed, RINJ Sexual Assault Nurses will acquire DNA records and witness identification statements to likely be held in its supplied labs in the United Kingdom for eventual prosecutions if the ICC ever gets off its collective duff.
“The first priority is the health and safety of women and children in the Bangladesh and Myanmar camps.” – Sharon Santiago
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