“It had been coming for a long time. I cannot imagine the persecution that my brothers and sisters only miles away are facing. At the same time, I pray to Allah (swt) that it never comes upon us.” These were the first words of a Burmese Muslim when asked about the situation in Rohingya.
Burma, a small country with an area of 676,578 km², has always been home to Muslim, Chinese and Bengali refugees. Despite their differences, these nations always managed to coexist in peace and harmony. However, this was never the case with the local Burmese people, especially the Buddhists, who are thought to belong to the most peaceful religion.
In order to understand the true picture of the ongoing massacre in Burma, it is a must that one peeks into the past.
Hiba arranged a meeting with a few migrants who had come from Burma nearly three decades ago. They shared their perception of the present situation and contextual past as well as talked about the problems they faced during migration.
Rohingyan nation is known by many names: Kabiyaa, Yakhaeen and Arkhaen are few of those. These people majorly consist of the Bengali refugees, who fled Bangladesh and dwelled here many years ago during the war. The religious monks didn’t get along with the Muslims, and wanted them to return to where they belonged. However, due to persecutions in their homeland, these Muslims had nowhere to go and wanted to stay whatever the circumstances may be.
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