Seventy-year-old Aysar Rahman is one of the more than 750,000 Rohingya who fled Myanmar in August 2017 when its military launched a crackdown that saw villages being burned down, extrajudicial killings, and rape.
Leaving behind a big house, a cattle farm and other property, his 8-member family has been living in poor conditions in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, the world’s largest refugee camp, which hosts over a million Rohingya.
He has accepted his fate for the time being, but is optimistic to return to the home country, where he was denied voting and citizenship rights, one day – with rights and dignity.
His shanty was one of the nearly 10,000 makeshift settlements burned in the March 22 fire at the camp. He, however, is concerned about the current situation in Myanmar, where hundreds of anti-coup demonstrators have been killed since the Feb. 1 military takeover.
“Our main concern is the restoration of democracy in Myanmar, and want to go back to our beloved motherland,” Rahman told Anadolu Agency. “I hope the civil disobedience movement against the military junta will bear fruit.”
He said the Tatmadaw – Myanmar’s armed forces – has once again been exposed before the world, and Buddhists, the majority community in the Southeast Asian country, have been demonstrating against it.
Protesters have filled streets in Myanmar for over two months against the coup, and detention of Aung San Suu Kyi, the erstwhile state counselor, and other leaders of her National League for Democracy party, which won a landslide victory in the November 2020 elections.
The response by security forces has been brutal with civilians being shot, beatings, detentions as well as nighttime raids.
May 10, 2021Despite the government’s decision not to allow Rohingya people to go outside their camps at Cox’s Bazar and Noakhali’s Bhashanchar, scores of refugees from Myanmar’s Rakhine have entered the port city in Ramadan and staying here for collecting Jakat. Around 1.1 million Rohingyas entered Bangladesh in 2016 to escape Myanmar junta’s crackdown on the minority […]
Apr 21, 2021