A Place to Call Home: The Plight of the Myanmar Rohingya – Part 9

“This is just the most extraordinary scene. We’ve been hearing about this boat for the last four or five days through very, very occasional phone calls that have gone out, telling of their desperate plight. Nobody knew where they were, we’ve been searching for a long time … now we’ve found it.” Jonathan Head of […]

Bring Back Our Girls – A Mothers’ Day Message

Yesterday, on Mothers’ Day, families across Canada gathered to celebrate motherhood and the influence that mothers have on our lives.  On that day, I remembered my mother, whose gift of love allowed me to become the woman that I am today. On that day, I was also greeted by the warm wishes of my daughter, […]

A Place to Call Home: The Plight of the Myanmar Rohingya – Pt. 8

Mohammed Ayuf is a 16-year old Myanmar Rohingya. Myanmar has been his family’s home for as long as they can trace back. His grandparents were born in Rakhine before World War II, and his parents were raised in Sittwe. His father, Shafiq Ahmed, remembers living in the city where there were dozens of mosques and […]

A Place to Call Home: The Plight of the Myanmar Rohingya – Pt. 7

As days turn into months, and months turn into seasons, the Myanmar Rohingya still struggle on their never-ending journey to find home. At a temporary camp made due to international pressure in Ache, Indonesia, situations for Rohingya refugees are less than stellar. One evening, four Rohingya women between the ages of 14 and 28 explained […]

A Place to Call Home: The Plight of the Myanmar Rohingya – Pt. 6

We cannot forget the Rohingya at this time.  7 months ago, in February 2015, Abdul, a 30-year old Rohingya, left his home and family in Myanmar and travelled by boat to Malaysia in hopes of securing a job and being able to provide a better life for him and his family. On his journey, he recounted […]

A Place to Call Home: The Plight of the Myanmar Rohingya – Pt. 5

Habibullah is a 46-year old Rohingya. He lives with his family in a wooden house in Aung Minglar, a ghetto in Sittwe, Myanmar where thousands of Rohingya are confined. As discussed in prior posts, Aung Minglar is separated from the rest of Sittwe. Where the rest of the city has basic electricity and day-to-day living […]

A Place to Call Home: The Plight of the Myanmar Rohingya – Pt. 4

Habibullah is a 46-year old Rohingya. He lives with his family in a wooden house in Aung Minglar, a ghetto in Sittwe, Myanmar where thousands of Rohingya are confined. As discussed in prior posts, Aung Minglar is separated from the rest of Sittwe. Where the rest of the city has basic electricity and day-to-day living […]

A Place to Call Home: The Plight of the Myanmar Rohingya – Pt. 3

Shobirahman Amir Hossin is an 18-year-old Myanmar Rohingya. Shobirahman and his two sisters were living without their parents in an unsafe village in Narekoh, Rakhine for 7 years. In this village Shobirahman and his sisters were prevented from going to the mosque and school. They were also routinely mistreated by the Myanmar authorities. Shobirahman explained […]

A Place to Call Home: The Plight of the Myanmar Rohingya – Pt. 2

I would like to recount to you the heart-wrenching story of 10-year-old Mohammad Aesop and his 8-year-old sister Untas, two Rohingya Muslims who lost their mother to a machete attack in their native land of Burma. Their father, working in a menial job in Malaysia, paid a broker to send his children to Malaysia via […]

A Place to Call Home: The Plight of the Myanmar Rohingya

I would like to introduce you to Hussein Ahmed. Hussein is a 12-year-old Rohingya boy from Myanmar. Three years ago his father was killed in an act of violence against the Rohingya Muslims. He has lived alone with his mother in a camp near Sittwe, trying to make basic ends meet — food and water […]