PETALING JAYA: An exhibition of artwork by Rohingya children living in refugee camps will be held in Kuala Lumpur this weekend.
The exhibition is organised by Myanmar social activist Sai Han Htike and will be hosted by the Malaysian Muslim Myanmar Association.
Han Htike hopes that the exhibition would raise awareness about the plight of the Rohingya people.
“You can see their feelings through their artwork.
“There needs to be more awareness about the Rohingya, especially the children as they don’t have access to education and health facilities among other things,” he told the Star Online via a translator Thursday.
The Rohingya are considered by the United Nations as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world.
They are considered to be stateless and are often subjected to arbitrary violence and forced labour.
As of April, there are almost 95,000 refugees and asylum-seekers from Myanmar registered with the UNHCR in Malaysia.
An estimated 28,000 of them are Rohingya.
There will be about 200 artworks on display and for sale.
The artworks were produced by Rohingya children from the refugee camp in Sittwe, Arakan.
The proceeds of the sale will go towards helping the children in the camp.
The exhibition will be held from Friday until Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm at the Myanmar Muslim Association Malaysia (MMAM).