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Erdoğan responds to social media star Jerome Jarre’s Rohingya campaign

Celebrities call on Turkish leader to support their #LoveArmyforRohingya drive to raise donations for refugees

Editor / Internet Yeni Şafak, Anadolu Agency

Social media phenomena Jerome Jarre, who previously launched an aid campaign for Somalia, reached out to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for the Rohingya.

The campaign was launched across social media platforms by Love Army, a network led by Jarre. The campaign has snowballed and thousands have joined the call to request Erdoğan’s assistance for the Rohingya. The hashtag #ErdoganHelpRohingya quickly garnered attention in France.

The #LoveArmyforRohingya initiative aims to raise awareness of the suffering of the more than 620,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled Myanmar to take shelter in neighboring Bangladesh since the crisis escalated in August.

Omar Sy, a French actor known for his roles in Transformers 5, Jurassic World, and X-Men: Future Past Days, was one of the many celebrities who tweeted the hashtag.

Sy and Jarre, along with French DJ Snake and YouTubeurs John Rachid and Mister V have started a series of live streams over 48 hours from a refugee camp in Bangladesh in a bid to raise donations for essential supplies.

Erdoğan did not leave Jarre’s calls unheard, and responded saying: “Dear @jeromejarre, We never turn down requests for assistance — wherever the people in need may be. We will support #LoveArmyforRohingya efforts through our aid agencies, @AFADTurkey @Tika_Turkey and @RedCrescentTR, along with @TurkishAirlines.”

Turkey has already been at the forefront of providing aid and calling attention to the Rohingya plight with Erdogan raising the issue earlier this year at the UN.

Turkey’s First Lady Emine Erdoğan visited Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh in September.

Turkish Airlines previously delivered 60 tons of food supplies to Somalia’s Mogadishu in March following the "Love Army for Somalia" campaign led by stars Casey Neistat and Ben Stiller.

Rohingya, described by the UN as the world's most persecuted people, have faced heightened fears of attack since dozens were killed in communal violence in 2012.

Cemeteries in Bangladesh camps dig early graves for Rohingya children
Yeni Şafak

Cemeteries in Bangladesh camps dig early graves for Rohingya children

Rohingya Muslims fleeing from a violent crackdown in Myanmar to Bangladesh are met with dire circumstances at refugee camps. Most newcomers live in makeshift structures made of bamboo and plastic sheets which are unbearably hot during the day but cold at night. They share communal toilets and water pumps, and medical care is hard to come by. The camps are a picture of utter squalor with stagnant water and stinking drains which provide breeding ground for mosquitoes and waterborne diseases, putting the inhabitants risk.

More than 620,000 Rohingya have left northern Rakhine state over the past three months to escape what Amnesty International has dubbed as "crimes against humanity," gathering in refugee camps at the southern tip of neighboring Bangladesh.

The international community has called on the Myanmar government and military to immediately halt atrocities and allow the Rohingya to return home safely.

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