Rohingya Visual Storytelling Workshop
A book of haunting, humbling and awe-inspiring “visual stories” painted about – and by – refugee youth from Burma.
The huddled boy (enlarged 800%) in Forced to Flee's book cover, above, was painted by a 16-year-old refugee who fled eastern Burma when the Burma Army attacked his village. I discovered it on the reverse of Saw Yar Zar’s actual visual story. When I asked why he had “signed” his painting this way, Saw Yar Zar’s eyes glazed over. While his village was riddled with gunfire he darted into the jungle, screams piercing the distance. Muffling his breath, he huddled in a patch of tall grass. Words whispered by his deceased father during a prior escape played in his mind like a mantra: “Only travel at night.” Hours later, engulfed by darkness and an eerie silence, Saw Yar Zar parted the grass and headed for the Thai-Burma border, in search of refuge…
President Obama, say “Rohingya”
The Rohingya Muslim ethnic minority in Burma have been called “the most oppressed people on Earth”. They continue to suffer vicious attacks and systematic abuse by Burma’s government. Fleeing violence, over 140,000 Rohingya live in what many describe as “concentration camps.”
Denied use of their name in the recent census, Burma’s government now wants to fully erase their existence, asking the United States, the United Nations and the rest of the world not to even use the word Rohingya.
In just a few short weeks, President Obama is going to Burma for a meeting with regional leaders. It is critical for the existence of the Rohingya for him to say their name and demand their protection during his visit.
Sign the petition below and urge President Obama to say “Rohingya” and then show him how easy it is to #JustSayTheirName.
Stateless: The Plight of the Rohingyas in Burma
JOINT STATEMENT ON TERRORIZING THE ROHINGYA ONCE AGAIN TO IDENTIFY AS BENGALI
The government of Burma/Myanmar had conducted the scheduled nationwide UN sponsored census on 30 March-10 April. But it has discriminately excluded the entire Rohingya population from the census for self-identifying their Rohingya ethnicity.
The government has now resumed enumeration in northern Arakan/Rakhine State threatening the Rohingya people once again to identify as Bengali, a term that implies they are illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh.
Press Release: ARNO Confutes Rohingya accept Bengali classification
Date: 24 April 2014
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