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Las Vegas nonprofit looks to combat terrorism overseas

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Shadows of Hope serving in the city of Sittwe in Burma. Shadows of Hope serving in the city of Sittwe in Burma.
Shadows of Hope serving in the city of Sittwe in Burma. Shadows of Hope serving in the city of Sittwe in Burma.
Shadows of Hope serving in the city of Sittwe in Burma. Shadows of Hope serving in the city of Sittwe in Burma.
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Robert Hoey and Randolf Dixon are no strangers to dangerous situations. The two are a part of a larger Las Vegas-based organization called Shadows of Hope. The nonprofit goes into some of the most dangerous areas in the world, many which are occupied or run by terrorists.

Their latest mission took them to the city of Sittwe in Burma in Southeast Asia. The United Nations calls the Muslim population in Sittwe, “one of the most persecuted minorities in the world”. Many Muslims now live in refugee camps, which is where Shadows of Hope focused its outreach. But it wasn’t always legal.

“Our job gets very touchy,” Dixon joked. “Touchy, and sensitive.”

Hoey said to help the displaced minority, they had to smuggle in medicine and educational supplies.

“We have no problem breaking the law if it helps these people,” Hoey said.

With little hope, and following a life of persecution, many of the people in these refugee camps are left with few options.

“It’s become a very easy recruiting ground for ISIS and al-Qaida,” Hoey said.

Hoey said during their time at one of the refugee camps in Sittwe, they came across a terror recruit for the Rohinga Solidarity Organization. The RSO, has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. According to Hoey, the man from the RSO was offering refugees $100 to join the terror group, and a $1,000 to their families if they die in combat.

“The [RSO] is the organization that has very close ties with Isis and also al-Qaida,” Hoey explained. “[The RSO] is responsible for recruiting people out of Burma and putting them in Pakistan for training, and them moving them to Afghanistan for combat operations.”

Shadows of Hope says its goal is to reach out to these people and help them in any way possible, so they aren’t forced to turn to militant groups for aid. The nonprofit said that many in refugee camps, this is the first interaction with Westerners.  

“We show them that not everybody from America hates them because they’re Muslim,” Hoey said. “They’ll be like, ‘I thought all Americans hated Muslims,’ and we say, ‘No, we are here to help you.'" 

Shadows of Hope is devoted to showing people a life of terror isn’t their only option.

“Right now I have the ability to make a difference in the world,” Dixon said. “No one is telling me to stop, so I’m going to do it.”

Shadows of Hope is also working with Clean Power for Humanity, an organization which aims to provide sustainable energy for impoverished areas. The next country they plan to visit is Nigeria. They aim to work in the areas affected by Boko Haram.

For more information on Shadows of Hope, visit http://www.shadowsofhope.org. 

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