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Cristiano Ronaldo Urges Support for Rohingya Children

MADRID – Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has called on the world to help Rohingya children living in refugee camps after fleeing death at the hands of Burmese forces late last year.

In a Twitter post, the four-time Champions League winner published two pictures: one showing him surrounded by his four children, and the second depicting a barefoot refugee holding an infant.

“One world where we all love our children. Please help. #Rohingya #Refugee,” he wrote, adding a link to a page by nonprofit Save the Children where people can make online donations to the cause.


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The Rohingya Crisis Children’s Relief Fund will help provide refugee children and families with water, food, and shelter.

The Rohingya are a stateless Muslim minority in Burma’s Rakhine state, thought to number about 1 million people.

Burma does not recognize them as citizens or as one of the 135 recognized ethnic groups living in the country.

Since Aug. 25, more than 650,000 Rohingya have crossed from Burma’s western state of Rakhine into Bangladesh, according to the UN.

The refugees are fleeing a military crackdown in which security forces and Buddhist mobs have reportedly killed men, women, and children, looted homes, and torched Rohingya villages.

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