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Singaporean couple celebrates birthday, anniversary with Rohingyas in Bangladesh

  • Published at 11:50 am October 29th, 2017
  • Last updated at 12:03 pm October 29th, 2017
Singaporean couple celebrates birthday, anniversary with Rohingyas in Bangladesh
While most of the people celebrate their birthdays and anniversaries throwing parties, a Singaporean police and his wife chose to help the forcefully displaced Rohingyas on their special day. Singaporean police officer Muhammad Firdaus and his wife Najihah Jofrie flew to Bangladesh on Oct 20, a week before he turned 36. Firdaus wanted to do something to celebrate his birthday and wedding anniversary, which falls a day after his birthday, reports The Straits Times. Firdaus said: "We normally go overseas. But I decided to make it special this time." The couple, who have been married for five years, went to several Rohingya camps, including the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya, and distributed aid to hundreds of refugees for a week before returning to Singapore on Oct 27. Singapore-based volunteer group called SG Qurban and four other volunteers accompanied the couple, the report said. According to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), at least 605,000 Rohingyas have entered Bangladesh fleeing the violence that erupted in Myanmar on August 26. Firdaus: "We gave out rice, bottled water, milk, bread, biscuits and snacks and toothbrushes. For the women, we also arranged to buy sarongs. The mums there don't even have anything to carry their babies with, they will even drop the child when trying to collect aid." Talking about his wife, he said: "She has asthma and is not that sporty. And Bangladesh can be tough. It was very hot, I was quite concerned, but she was putting on her A-game every day." Firdaus and the other volunteers distributed 2,400kg of rice a day, "but that even is not enough", he said. The Singaporean police official said they got visas from the checkpoint in Bangladesh and visited a designated area where volunteer groups get approval from the Bangladesh army. "Even $1 can mean 2kg of aid," he said adding the group brought its own aid supplies bought with donations they received.