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    For Muslims in Burma, recent decades have been very difficult. Residing under oppressive rule many have to endure a life of misery and abject poverty

    Predominantly from the 'Rohingya' ethnic group, they are denied freedom of movement, education, health treatment and even the opportunity of marriage.

    Recent years have seen an increase in forced labour, land seizures, arbitrary arrests, rape and torture.

    The result: one and a half million Muslims have fled to neighbouring regions where their lives however have still not improved. Seen as an unnecessary burden, countless Muslims are refugees in neighbouring Thailand, Bangladesh, and Indonesia.

    Ummah Welfare Trust has been operating inside Burma for the last 10 years. The charity has rebuilt masjids, madrassahs and graveyards; constructed homes and boats; sponsored orphans and widows; installed hand pumps; distributed 'Udhiyah' meat and Eid gifts; run medical clinics; and regularly distributed food provisions. The charity currently runs an orphanage where both students and teachers are being sponsored.

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