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This Elderly Rohingya Woman Was Forced out of Her Home Three Times

This Elderly Rohingya Woman Was Forced out of Her Home Three Times

90-year-old SheGul Zahar fled Myanmar in August 2017 after her village was burnt down. Now she lives in a makeshift shelter in Bangladesh. Gul was forced to flee her country in 1978 and again in 1991. This is her third time as a refugee! Rohingya Muslims have endured decades of repression in Myanmar. Four generations of Gul’s family …

Before They Back Home, The Rohingya Have Some Demands

Before They Go Back Home, The Rohingyas Have Some Demands

Last August, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fled their native Myanmar for neighboring Bangladesh, escaping a brutal campaign of murder, repression and rape by Myanmar’s military and militant Buddhist groups. Now the Rohingya are waiting for the political deal that will allow a return to their homeland in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. But will it happen? More than 1.2 …

Bangladeshi Farmers Shelter Rohingya Refugees

Bangladeshi Farmers Shelter Rohingya Refugees

A few years ago, rising sea levels and land erosion forced Bangladeshi farmer Mohammed Karim to abandon his family’s smallholding on Saint Martin’s Island and start over on the mainland. As thousands of Rohingya refugees  streamed into the Kutupalong area from Myanmar last September, he did not hesitate when a group of exhausted families asked …

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Female Nobel Laureates Meet Rohingya Women in Bangladesh

Three female Nobel Peace laureates visited Bangladesh last Wednesday to meet with Rohingya Muslim women who have fled attacks by security forces in Buddhist-majority Myanmar. Shirin Ebadi from Iran, Tawakkol Karman from Yemen and Mairead Maguire from Northern Ireland were on a mission to assess the violence committed against Rohingya women and the situation of …

A Rohignya Kid Is Making Magic With His Kites

This Rohingya Kid Is Making Magic with His Kites

There’s no Xbox or PlayStation for most of the kids in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh. But there are kites. In the late afternoon, a steady wind blows over the hills of the Hakimpara refugee camp. Young boys race to a ridge at the top of the settlement to fly homemade kites. Some of …

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Rohingya Children: Trapped in Limbo, Deprived of their Basic Rights

Earlier this week, UNICEF called for urgent efforts for nearly 720,000 Rohingya children in Bangladesh and Myanmar who are vulnerable to violence and outbreak of diseases. “Some 720,000 Rohingya children are essentially trapped – either hemmed in by violence and forced displacement inside Myanmar or stranded in overcrowded camps in Bangladesh because they can’t return …

Why I Became An Aid Worker ?

Why I Became an Aid Worker

Shirin Aktar had her very first, and temporary, contract with UNHCR in 2001, interviewing Rohingya families who fled from Myanmar. She came on board full-time in 2007, and has since also worked with Rohingya refugees in Thailand in addition to her native Bangladesh. Helping them, she says, is a privilege, even though being an aid …

Cristiano Ronaldo Urges Support for Rohingya Children

MADRID – Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has called on the world to help Rohingya children living in refugee camps after fleeing death at the hands of Burmese forces late last year. In a Twitter post, the four-time Champions League winner published two pictures: one showing him surrounded by his four children, and the second …

Rohingya Muslims Describe Daily Horror in Burmese Capital

YANGON – Day after day, Rohingya Muslims in Yangon witness vanishing freedoms and opportunities, as well as rising persecution and hatred from their Buddhist neighbors and friends. Fear filled the air in the city, the capital of Burma, after the Burmese military’s operation in Rakhine state in the west of the country in which complete …

These Rohingya Women Survived a Massacre (

These Rohingya Women Survived a Massacre

These Rohingya women survived to tell the tale of a brutal massacre that Myanmar’s army carried out in their village. Myanmar’s army entered the village of Tula Toli on Aug. 30, 2017, and carried out systematic killings, and rape of several hundred Rohingya Muslims. These killings took place even after assurance from Myanmar’s government that there were …



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