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Khalsa aid starts langar sewa for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Volunteers feeding Rohingya refugees who have arrived Bangladesh(Image Source: Khalsa Aid). Photograph: (Others)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Sep 14, 2017, 10.24 AM (IST)

The Sikh volunteers from Khalsa Aid(India) arrived in Bangladesh last week to provide free langar(community kitchen service which provides food) to the Rohingya refugees who have fled Myanmar after violence spread. On Thursday, the volunteers finally got the go-ahead from the Bangladesh government to start Guru ka langar

Khalsa Aid said that they had got the permission from the Bangladesh government to serve meals to the refugees, media report said. 

The team said its immediate priority was to provide the refugees with water and food. The daily langar has been set up for almost 35,000 Rohingya refugees. 

The langar sewa(service) began at a spot on Shahpuri Island where Rohingya refugees have been landing from Myanmar. 

“These people are arriving in a desperate state. I have never seen anyone so relieved for a drink of water. They have no money to pay for public transport to the refugee camps. Local rickshaws have increased their rates because of the heightened demand so we have organised transportation to take families safely to the refugee camps.” Amarpreet Singh, Khalsa Aid Director said. 

Almost 3,50,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar since August 25.

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