Information on the Rohingya Refugee Crisis

A big thank you to the Gallatin Refugee Connection (GRC) for the information on the Rohingya Refugee Crisis. GRC is a group out of Bozeman who work to create a welcoming environment for refugees. Check out more about them here:

Lifelong Learning: The Rohingya Refugee Crisis

You’ve probably heard about the Rohingya, currently facing persecution in their homeland in Myanmar. Following violent attacks in their home villages in the Myanmar state of Rakhine, half a million Rohingya have fled over the border into Bangladesh, where they have established makeshift refugee camps. Conditions in the camps are poor, and the government of Bangladesh is struggling to accommodate the influx of people and to develop a policy towards the situation.
The Rohingya are ethnically Bengali and also Muslim, making them a minority in majority-Buddhist Myanmar. Most Rohingya lack papers, and are now a stateless people, which complicates their status as refugees and their prospects for resettlement elsewhere. Many do not want to return to Myanmar for fear of further persecution, and an effort to negotiate the return of many in the refugee camps fell through in January of 2018 amid concerns about security within Myanmar if they were to return.
Myanmar has a long history of human rights violations against minorities, including the Karen and Chin, many of whom are Christian, Muslim, or animist. Karen and Chin villages have also been attacked and many have fled to Thailand, but the Rohingya currently face the highest levels of violence. Bangladesh and the UN have both referred to the anti-Rohingya violence as a “genocide.” Myanmar’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, is facing serious criticism over her unwillingness to take a stance on behalf of the Rohingya.  
For further in-depth reading on the Rohingya, we recommend the following:
Myanmar: Who Are the Rohingya?
Why are the more than one million Rohingya in Myanmar considered the 'world's most persecuted minority'?

From NPR News: A Collection of Stories About the Rohingya

How Hatred of Rohingya Was Inflamed by Myanmar's Democratic Transition
The Rohingya refugee crisis arose from a ‘perfect storm’ of ethnic and religious discrimination and Myanmar’s ongoing transition from decades of military rule, says journalist Francis Wade.

April 5th Supper Club- Iraqi Lunch at the University

We are excited to announce that our April supper club will be in the form of an affordable lunch and open to everyone, no reservation necessary! Thank you to the University of Montana Food Zoo for reaching out and wanting to have a turn!

The Soft Landing Missoula Supper Club aims to introduce the incredible culinary talent of Missoula’s newest neighbors and international residents, whose rich and flavorful cooking traditions provide a cultural bridge and enrich our shared community.

This month we are honored to showcase the culinary talent of Ammar Omar.  You may recognize him from his popular food stand at last summers Farmer's Market! At the Food Zoo, you will find some of his most popular dishes:

Ammar's Famous Beef Shwarma

Falafel Sandwiches

If you are unable to make it to the upcoming lunch, don't fear, Ammar will have a stand at this summer's Clark Fork Market!

Where: University of Montana Food Zoo 

When: Lunch will be available between 11:00 am and 1:30 pm on April 5th

Cost: $11.00 Cash

How: Show up to the University Food Zoo anytime between 11:00-1:30 for a delicious lunch!

Parking: Paid parking is available on the South side of the Lommasson center and other locations on campus. If you do park in the neighborhood surrounding the University, make sure you park West of Hilda Ave to avoid a ticket! 

Please direct any further questions to


SALAM Celebrate Islam Week April 8th-14th!

Standing Alongside America's Muslims (SALAM)'s Celebrate Islam Week is happening April 8th-14th!  This meaningful event works to both share Muslim culture and educate Missoulians to create an inclusive and welcoming community!

On Monday April 9th the First Presbyterian Church will host the Welcoming Banquet! Dinner will be served and will include delicious dishes made by local refugees. 

Monday April 9th 5:30-7:30pm at the First Presbyterian Church

Doors will open at 5:00, dinner will be served at 5:30

Please purchase tickets in advance for $15 here:

There will be guest speakers and Jamal Rahman will be doing a book signing! 


Fun and informative events will be happening all week long. To find out more go to: 

Attend some of these wonderful events and celebrate the diversity in our community!