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OIC, PMI to launch humanitarian mission for Rohingya, Rakhines refugees

For peace: Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) chairman Jusuf Kalla welcomes Islamic Conference (OIC) secretary-general Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu to the PMI’s headquarters in Jakarta on Monday. Kalla and Ihsanoglu discussed a number of issues, including the Rohingya-Rakhine conflict in Myanmar, and tensions between Israel and Palestine. (JP/Jerry Adiguna)
For peace: Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) chairman Jusuf Kalla welcomes Islamic Conference (OIC) secretary-general Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu to the PMI’s headquarters in Jakarta on Monday. Kalla and Ihsanoglu discussed a number of issues, including the Rohingya-Rakhine conflict in Myanmar, and tensions between Israel and Palestine. (JP/Jerry Adiguna) 

 The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) are in talks to jointly launch a humanitarian mission for refugees of the deadly conflict between the Rohingya and Rakhine ethnic groups in Myanmar.

OIC secretary-general Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and PMI chairman usuf Kalla discussed the operation in a closed meeting at PMI headquarters on Monday.
Kalla said after the meeting that the organizations would send food and help rebuild homes in the area.
“The value of the aid is quite big and will be used for various purposes. Currently, the refugees desperately need food, clean water and homes,” he said after the meeting, declining to mention the exact value of the aid or a deadline for the mission.
According to the United Nations, the violence between the Buddhist Rakhines and the Muslim Rohingyas has claimed more than 80 lives,displaced 22,000 people and damaged 4,600 houses. Most of the refugees are Rohingyas.
The PMI is among the few humanitarian agencies that have been authorized by the government of Myanmar to help the refugees. (yps/swd)
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