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August 23, 2018 18:23:43

A whole bunch of hundreds of Rohingya refugees dwelling in sprawling camps in Bangladesh celebrated the Muslim vacation of Eid al-Adha.

Key factors:

  • This Saturday is the one yr anniversary for the reason that Bangladesh Rohingya disaster started
  • A whole bunch of hundreds celebrated Eid on the planet’s largest refugee camp
  • The Muslim minority group had been in a position to freely specific their religion in makeshift mosques

They prayed for higher lives and questioned if they’d ever once more rejoice the vacation at their properties in Myanmar.

The calls to the devoted got here early within the camps and folks streamed into the makeshift mosques, the youngsters in freshly washed garments.

The Muslim Rohingyas have confronted generations of discrimination in largely Buddhist Myanmar, denied citizenship rights, attacked in pogroms and generally not in a position to practise their religion overtly.

“We couldn’t pray throughout Eid in my village for years, we needed to pray secretly,” refugee Nurul Alam mentioned.

“I’ve freedom right here, however I do not need it right here,” he mentioned.

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Greater than 700,000 Rohingya poured into Bangladesh final yr, fleeing a scorched-earth marketing campaign by the Myanmar navy and Buddhist mobs after assaults by a Rohingya rebel group.

Final yr’s assaults in opposition to the spiritual minority had been described as “textbook ethnic cleaning” by the United Nations.

“We do not belong right here,” Mr Alam mentioned.

“It is good that no person is coming to kill us, however I wish to return the place my mother and father’ graves are situated.”

‘I’m no person right here’

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Children shaking hands and many others behind them in a makeshift ferris wheel


Rohingya children play in makeshift playgrounds during Eid celebrations (AP:Altaf Qadri)

“We’re completely happy, however once more we’re not completely happy,” 60-year-old Shamsul Alam mentioned as he walked to a mosque for prayers.

“I had my land, I had a grocery store there, I had rice, potatoes to eat there.”

He added that meals was typically extra accessible within the camps, however he did not have what he wanted.

“I’m no person right here,” he mentioned.

The four-day vacation of Eid al-Adha celebrates the prophet Ibrahim.

Muslims typically slaughter sheep, cattle or goats on the vacation and distributing meat to the poor.

However few within the camps might afford such luxuries this yr.

Denied citizenship rights again in Myanmar

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Men surrounded a sheet of tarpaulin with pieces of meat to be distributed


Rohingya refugees place pieces of meat on a tarpaulin for distribution during the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Adha. (AP: Altaf Qadri)

Many in Myanmar see the Rohingya as unlawful migrants from Bangladesh, deriding them as “Bengalis”.

Most have lengthy lived in poverty in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, subsequent to Bangladesh the place they’re denied citizenship.

The Muslim minority have confronted generations of discrimination in largely Buddhist Myanmar.

Hundreds of persons are believed to have been killed within the crackdown, which many rights activists imagine was a calculated try and drive Rohingya from the nation.











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August 23, 2018 18:08:14



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