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The Rohingya family shares their experience of refugees

The Rohingya family shares their experience of refugees

25. August was marked the yr when 700 00 Rohingya Muslims have been pressured to flee from the acute violence they confronted in Myanmar in search of asylum in Bangladesh. Immediately, they are nonetheless one of probably the most persecuted minorities on the earth who haven’t any access to healthcare and very little hope of the longer term. Refugees with out Docs (MSF) share these testimonies with the family of Rohingya


Rachida, eight years previous, is the youngest baby of Sara and Abu Ahmad. He fled to Bangladesh with Sister Shafika, 16 and her brother Roman, 12. She was glad to finally monitor down her mother and father and sister Ruka, but expresses uncertainty about her future.

“They came one day and took some people away. I had no idea what would happen, I thought we could die. They couldn't see us because we hid in the back of the house. That's how we escaped. I am glad that I am here, when my mother and father are seen again. Everything is good, but we have no money for meat or fish. My mother and father often take my sister to the hospital, so they can't work. Where are we going from here? We stay here. We stay for a long time. ”

Abu Ahmad

Abu Ahmad:“ I always have so much concern; concern about the future. ”
Abu Ahmad is a 52-year-old father of eight (4 daughters and 4 boys). His 11-year-old daughter Rukia was paralyzed shortly before the outbreak of violence in August 2017. After arriving in Bangladesh, Rukia spent more than seven months on the MSF Hospital in Kutupalong. She returns to the power each few days to have her remedy. Right here, Abu Ahmad explains how the family fled, what life is in his family in Bangladesh and their hopes for the longer term.

Earlier than the conflict we had cows, goats, land, all this stuff. Our firm and our livelihood earned ourselves. However we confronted so much of threats and torture from the Myanmar authorities. If someone needed to get a better schooling, he would have to flee from the country because if the federal government survived, he would arrest him. Our actions have been very limited; we weren’t allowed outdoors the checkpoints. We might simply move around the area. Other individuals, corresponding to monks and numerous [ethnic] communities, are free to move around all over the place.

Then the conflict started.

Preventing, knives and burning homes. Not lengthy before my daughter Ruk was someway paralyzed. He complained of ache and stopped being unable to feel something underneath his waist. One night time I referred to as all my youngsters collectively to debate what to do. We didn't see much hope; We might arrest or kill no matter we did. My eldest son advised me that when the preventing started, we couldn't run with Ruka. “There isn’t any solution to save his life, he stated. “You and your mother ought to take her to Bangladesh now, earlier than us. We will be a part of you later. “So I informed my other youngsters to organize, and my wife and I went to Bangladesh with Rukia.

Once we left the home … we couldn't [openly] depart the village as a result of in all places we appeared we saw government guns. We walked kilometers by means of the mountains and hired males to carry Ruka. We lastly obtained the night time reverse Bangladesh. By the time the boat ended up, there have been about 20-30 different individuals on the seashore. The captain took us all safely to Bangladesh. Once we arrived, the Bangladesh border police waited. They helped us quite a bit; welcome us and provides us meals, water and biscuits. Within the morning, they hired the bus and took us to the camp of Kutupalong. We had never been to Bangladesh. I didn't know where I received my sick daughter, and I asked every part I noticed. Individuals advised us concerning the MSF hospital in Kutupalong. The docs took Rukia from my arms and admitted him as a patient. He spent almost seven and a half months in the hospital. He had X-rays, blood transfusions and docs had seen several occasions a day. We got regular meals

Once I left Rakhin with my spouse and Ruka, issues weren’t so dangerous. It turned much worse than we thought. Once I arrived at the weaving palong, I had no information from my different seven youngsters who have been left behind. Different individuals informed us that our home was set on hearth and that the youngsters had fled. We had no telephone or other method to contact the youngsters; we have been so frightened. After some time we heard from people who that they had arrived in Bangladesh and have been in search of us. They did it at Kutupalong and have been able to find us in the MSF hospital by asking individuals from Rukia. Once I was lastly reunited with my youngsters in two months, I began to really feel peace. I was so glad I acquired my youngsters back, I felt like I had my world.

The government gave us wooden, bamboo and plastic sheets to make the house right here. We get doses of oil, rice and dhalia [lentils]. We sell some of the oil and provides it to them. Then we purchase fish, greens and chillies. The purpose why we sell part of dhal and oil is that we will earn 100-200 tons [1-2 euros]. Although we don't have the cash, we’ve to outlive. With this 100 or 200 Takan we now have to survive for one month. Typically we will eat this type of food, typically we will't. We now have no revenue. If we might work, life can be easier. We now have no probability of doing so. I shouldn’t have the opportunity to work and I have misplaced my power. I can't work outdoors and earn money to feed my youngsters. Even when we don't have the money, we’ve got to survive.

The Rohingya refugee carries bricks via the Balukhal camp. The brick is likely for use to strengthen infrastructure, akin to roads or walkways, towards heavy mosquitoes which might be camps and its inhabitants

with Ruka in the camp could be very troublesome. Because he’s a disabled individual, we’ve to take him out of the camp to the hospital and convey him back every few days. The path from the house to the street could be very troublesome. The camp has so many ups and downs, and I have to hold her in my arms. I have to get the wheelchair that the hospital gave us the best way, then I’ve to return again and transport him to it. Then I have to push him to the hospital for the wheelchair. I couldn't find any room in the camp that may have been in the house. If I had the money, I might take her to the hospital by bus and I might keep away from this pain.

The hospital has achieved so many exams and treatments, but we still have no idea why Rukia turned paralyzed. I all the time ask God to help him walk. Typically she asks me to take her overseas so she will get remedy and research. When he says such issues, I am shocked. I really feel more anxious and really feel so confused. I’ve misplaced my power, my capability to work. I all the time have so many worries; concern concerning the future. I take into consideration food, garments, peace and suffering. If I’ve to remain in this place for 10 years, five years, 4 years or even one month, I have to endure from this ache.

If Rukia might move, she can be happier. He asks me to maneuver him in a wheelchair, but because the camp is so hilly, I can't do it. It is too troublesome for me to take a wheelchair by way of the Mäkinen camp. I'm an excessive amount of of a ache as a result of I’ve to hold around Rukia. Our ancestors are there; our great grandfathers have been born there. The country where our umbilical twine is minimize is Burma [Myanmar]. We’ll come again if the nation becomes calm, but we’ll return to the circumstances. We’ll come back if we get the liberty again; in the event that they return to our house, our nation, our cattle and our goats. Individuals from one country can’t keep out of the country. God introduced us right here and if God needs, he can take us back to our residence and our country. We're prepared to go back to the ground, but how can we return when there are nonetheless conflicts? ”


Sara, 46, is Abu Ahmad's wife. Together they’ve eight youngsters – 4 daughters and four boys. His daughter 11-year-old Rukia spent more than seven months on the MSF Hospital in Kutupalong. Sara spoke to MSF about escaping to Bangladesh with out seven youngsters, and her wish to return to her homeland, Myanmar.

Once I escaped, I lost contact with my youngster. If any of them have been caught within the fires, I might by no means hold them once more. We even needed to depart the youngest. I needed to take her to Bangladesh, however she had a nasty fever. I am grateful, when he returned to the chest. We don’t feel here, but we have now to remain right here. Yes, I feel quite a bit about my country. We will't spend our complete life beneath this plastic sheet


Ismael, 14, talks about why he had to flee only from Myanmar and the challenges that they had to develop into stateless. Ismael is one of the youngest boys in Abu Ahmad and Sara.

My mom and father got here to Bangladesh first for medical remedy. 4 of us stayed house, I was the oldest man. We needed to depart the home because the monks threatened us. We needed to disguise by means of the hills. Once we came here, I couldn't find my mother and father. After 8 or 10 days I observed that they have been in the MSF hospital. I had never left the world where we lived, I didn't know anything about Bangladesh. If I hadn't found them, I'd be lifeless now.

Before Burma, issues have been proper for us. The monks did nothing for us at the time. But once we turned mother and father, they began torturing us. Then the struggle started, so we got here right here. We gained't go back until they recognize Rohingyas. If we return with out Rohingya's place, they may press us once more. They're killing us.

Since 2009, the MSF has been operating a medical facility and clinic near the Kutupalong intermediate stop in Cox's Bazar area. In response to the refugee move in Cox Bazar, the MSF significantly elevated its presence in its territory and expanded significantly the broader range of actions for the water, sanitation and medical actions of the refugee population.

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