SLC Mayor Biskupski calling on community to help genocide survivors living in the city

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Ethnic Rakhine laborers work near newly-built repatriation camps prepared for Rohingya refugees expected to return from Bangladesh, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Taungpyo township, border town of northern Rakhine State, Myanmar. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)

SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah)- Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski is asking the community to step up and help 200 Rohingya refugees who fled Myanmar (Burma)to escape the murder, rape, expulsions, and mass burning happening in their villages.

“It is unfathomable to understand what our new neighbors from Burma have been through,” said Mayor Biskupski. “But I am a firm believer in the generosity and compassion Utahns can offer these refugees and help them get a new start on life.”

Wednesday the community has a chance to meet with some of these refugees and learn about the genocide happening in their country Volunteer opportunities will also discussed.

Those who plan on attending are invited to donate diapers, toilet paper, or gas and grocery cards.

The event is from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Granite School District building located at 2500 South State Street.

These 200 refugees represent only some of the refugees who live in Salt Lake County after fleeing from Burma. There are an additional 500 refugees from the country that represent other ethnic groups.

In all more than 65,000 refugees from all across the world live in Salt Lake County.

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