I am Rohingya

Mohammad Rakibul Hasan

2017 - Ongoing

The Rohingya is a minor Muslim ethnic group who lived in Myanmar for centuries. However, due to the racism and many other socio-political issues among the majority in Myanmar, they were declared as a stateless Bengali community who migrated to Myanmar from Bangladesh. Over one million Rohingyas live in Myanmar and they are the most persecuted people in the world who are deprived from their own land, human rights and citizenship. In recent times, the Myanmar Army started a silent genocide to forcefully evacuate them out of the country. Moreover, the system has been encouraging the Rohingya to enter Bangladesh illegally for a long time. The Myanmar Army have though covered it as a religious riot between Buddhists and Muslims but the true underlying cause is a business benefit as the land has natural resources which will be leased to the powerful countries who are friends of Myanmar. The recent wave of violence in 2017 has pushed nearly a million Rohingyas to cross the border of Myanmar in search for a safe refuge in Bangladesh. Many families have lost their beloved ones as many of them were murdered, raped, tortured due to the invasion of Myanmar Army, but the country remained silent and the Nobel Peace Prize holder Aung San Suu Kyi is under pressure and never accepted Rohingya as their own citizens and a different ethnic class from Bengali.

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  • Rohingya refugees are entering Bangladesh while empty houses in the villages in Myanmar have been set fire by Army.

  • Rohingya refugees are entering Bangladesh from Myanmar with empty hand and bare foot.

  • Ahmed (65) has travelled more than thirty miles carrying his mother Fatema (90) at back that has taken couple of days to reached Bangladesh.

  • A Rohingya refugee family has entered to Bangladesh border with their remaining belongings.

  • Dildar Begum claims that her left ear was torn by Myanmar Army while they were massacring in her village. She is being treated in Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital in Bangladesh.

  • Hares is a one year old boy, his family suddenly found their house is burring that was set by the Myanmar Army.

  • Nur Fatema (6) was injured by bomb blasting by Myanmar Army, while she was in upstairs and she jumped and broken her left leg. She is now undergoing treatment at Cox’s Bazar Sadar hospital in Bangladesh where she had to come after having helping aid from her father and they walked couple of days to reach at Bangladesh border from Myanmar.

  • Shaherjaan Begum (45) was saying prayer during the fire at her house set by the Myanmar Army. She has been undergoing treatment at Cox’s Bazar District Shadar Hospital.

  • Nurjahan Begum (90) travels five days to enter Bangladesh from Buthidaung, Myanmar due to the attempt of ethnic cleansing.

  • Shajeda Begum (46) has lost her house, land, and relatives during the Myanmar Army raid. She is living under sky in Bangladesh, traveled from Myanmar but not got shelter yet.

  • After arrival in Bangladesh, shelter is very difficult to build; a family with children is very tired without eating anything but less amount of dry food and lack of drinking water while they made their long journey by walk from Myanmar to Bangladesh just to save life.

  • Newly arrived Rohingya refugees find their temporary shelter on a mountain in Bangladesh.

  • About four hundred thousand Rohingya refugees entered in Bangladesh by land and water border. Many refugees are trying to source food, water, and money to support themselves and standing beside the roads.

  • A Rohingya mother is searching for medical camp as her child has been suffering from malnutrition. She with her child had to starve during the travel from Myanmar to Bangladesh border.

  • A Rohingya refugee girl has lost her family in the crowd. She was out for searching food aid on the street.

  • A Rohingya refugee woman has bought a chicken from the nearest bazaar.

  • Rohingya Refugee bringing woodstock to use them as for fuel to his camp.

  • A Rohingya refugee has started a barbershop in a refugee camp to sustain in the long run.

  • Lajja Khatun (90), a Rohingya Refugee, mourns for her four dead relatives, who were the victims of the recent ethnic cleansing by the Myanmar Army.

  • One million new refugees entered during the exile of Rohingyas from Myanmar due to the fear of genocide and ethnic cleansing. Refugees have built their houses on the Reserve Mountains with the aid from the NGOs, the government of Bangladesh and the local people.