In a bid to ameliorate the plight of Rohingya Muslims left adrift on the sea and ignored by the world, Japan has unveiled an emergency aid package of $3.5 million. The money will be used to provide food and shelter to the Rohingya, and also to develop data analysis for their maritime movements.
“With regard to non-regular immigrants, including women and children trying to cross the Indian Ocean, Japan has decided to extend 3.5 million U.S. dollars through the IOM (International Organization for Migration) and UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees),” Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said in a keynote speech during a one-day seminar at the United Nations University in Tokyo.
With its first financial aid, Japan hopes to uphold democracy, freedom, human rights and diversity in the region, thus making it less vulnerable to the influences of extremist strands of religious ideology.
“We must prevent the spread of extremist views in Asia that groups like ISIL seek to promulgate,” Kishida said.