COTABATO CITY – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is willing to host Rohingyas, who fled the massive persecution and human rights abuses they suffered in Myanmar (Burma), Gov. Mujiv Hataman said Friday.
“These people have seen too much violence and hostility. They deserve, more than ever, our sympathy and kindness,” Hataman said in a statement emailed to the Inquirer.
He said the Rohingyas had suffered too much and it was only proper to at least ease their ordeal.
“This is why we of the regional government, as we reiterate our support and solidarity with them, our Rohingya brothers and sisters, express our willingness to host them in the ARMM,” Hataman said.
He said the ARMM was not wealthy and that it also experiences migration due to many factors but these should not deter it from taking in the Rohingyas on humanitarian grounds.
“We believe that even with the current conditions on the ground, even with our own experience of migration and internal displacement, there is always room enough for us to show our hospitality and care for them,” Hataman added.
Several ARMM provinces, including Tawi-Tawi, share border with such countries as Indonesia and Malaysia, where Rohingyas fleeing on boats had sought refuge.
Reports had it that many of them died at sea as authorities in the said countries turned them away.
“As they are trapped at sea and are desperate for help, their sufferings exacerbated by the refusal of other countries to welcome them and provide them with refuge, we must offer them a glimmer of hope for a bright future and a peaceful life,” Hataman said… see more