Refugee kids raise awareness on human trafficking

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  • Sunday, 16 Nov 2014

Budding artists: Refugee children getting started on their artwork during the event to highlight the Penang Stop Human Trafficking Campaign at the Bus Depot Art Centre in Jalan Gurdwara.

GEORGE TOWN: Some 30 refugee children from the Rohingya community in Penang showed off their skills in art and craft to the public during a demonstration to highlight the Penang Stop Human Trafficking Campaign.

The children used cotton swabs and colourful marker pens to paint and even made necklaces out of dry pasta noodles.

They also got to meet the public during the event held at the Hin Bus Depot Art Centre in Jalan Gurdwara yesterday.

It was organised by a group of six Uplands International School students in conjunction with the campaign.

Penang Stop Human Trafficking Campaign member Kim Khaira, 26, said the students and the children have been at the art workshop for almost a month.

“The student have been raising funds for the children. It’s a way for them to sharpen their organising skills,” she said.

Kim said the children have been living here after they and the rest of the Rohingya community suffered communal violence in Myanmar.

Universiti Sains Malaysia communications lecturer Mahyuddin Ahmad, 45, who brought his two sons and their best friend to the venue, said the event was a good way to raise awareness among Malaysians, especially the younger generation, on the plight of the Rohingya children.

“It’s important to teach the young to appreciate these kind of activities and to start appreciating people more,” he said.

Mahyiddin added he and his wife came across the event through a pamphlet while having breakfast at a cafe.

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