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I am Rohingya (5/5)

Published on Wednesday 24 January 2018

Their names are Abo Taher, Rahena or Bithi. They belong to the Rohingya minority and are among the 650,000 people who have had to flee Burma to save their lives. Today, they live in crowded camps in southern Bangladesh, in very precarious conditions. Our teams gathered their testimonials.

SHAMIL, 20 – UNCHIPRANG CAMP, BANGLADESH

 

My name is Shamil, I’m 20 years old. Before I fled, I used to work for NGOs in Burma. My family and I had to leave because of the violence. Thank God no one died in my family but I lost many friends and neighbours who were killed.

 

When I arrived here three months ago, I started volunteering for NGOs because I speak a little English. I can connect with people who don’t speak English. But we are not allowed to work, so today I am doing nothing.

 

I would very much like to be useful and help the people who are in the camps, before being able to come back home, when the conditions will allow it.

Since the beginning of this crisis, our teams have worked tirelessly to relieve the suffering of the refugees. In the camps, they distribute kits of essential items, shelter kits, provide clean water and build latrines.

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  • 156.6 million inhabitants
  • 31,5% poverty rate
  • 142nd out of 188 on the Human Development Index
  • 491,818 people helped

THE OTHER TESTIMONIES

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