‘The Rohingya Alan Kurdi’: Will the World Take Notice Now?
Video     Photos     Pakistan     World     Islam     Health     Crime     Islamic News     Business     Society     India     Travel     Middle East     Sport     sci/tech      Contact      RSS
Search

Such TV | Rouhani censures Trump’s anti-Iran rhetoric

President Trump calls for a holocaust on the floor of the United Nations

Iran infiltrated US military, obtained proof of ISIS collusion

Saudi plan to ‘accept Israel as a brotherly state’

United States supplying weapons worth $2.2B to Syrian terrorists organization

LUBP | How dishonest “Social Justice Warriors” work to curb the religious freedoms of targeted groups

“Go Nawaz Go” Makes it to Speed Test Server!

UAE ambassador to Ankara threatens Turkey to close down its embassy

Saudi Arabia's king-in-waiting cements grip on power with charm and crackdowns

US paradoxes and Pakistan’s war against terrorism

Free Balochistan: A joint venture of RAW and CIA to burry CPEC

Confidential U.N. report accuses Saudi coalition of killing hundreds of Yemeni kids

Pakistani teenager develops anti-BlueWhale app

UAE’s ambassador to the U.S considers Saudi Arabia responsible for the ruining of the UAE’s good name

Rabbani seeks official response on anti-Pakistan posters in Switzerland

Nawaz Sharif must not appear before NAB court: Maryam

Trump says if threatened, US will 'totally destroy' North Korea

EXCLUSIVE – Interview with Dr. S.M. Kazem Mesbah Mousavi, Imam Ali Centre Canada

More than 800 Shia pilgrims have to stay at Taftan border for a week

Five eminent Shia scholars banned from entering Gilgit under unjust policy of balance

57 accused charge-sheeted in Mashal Khan lynching case

Nisar lashes out at Khaqan Abbasi, Asif for statements on ‘internal matters’

Pakistan team kicks off training, ahead of Sri Lanka series in UAE

Bank of China permitted to start operations in Pakistan

Pakistan protests with Switzerland over ‘Free Balochistan’ posters

Nawaz Sharif, children fail to appear in court; summons reissued

US paradoxes and Pakistan’s war against terrorism

Saudi plan to ‘accept Israel as a brotherly state’

Was NA-120 election rigged?

UAE ambassador to Ankara threatens Turkey to close down its embassy

Saudi Arabia's king-in-waiting cements grip on power with charm and crackdowns

Confidential U.N. report accuses Saudi coalition of killing hundreds of Yemeni kids

Pakistani teenager develops anti-BlueWhale app

US’ Black Hawk Down in Yemen

Outrage in Egypt over Israeli Flag in educational book

Russo-Saudi closeness: What are two sides’ goals?

Arrest warrants: Should Imran Khan present himself before ECP?

Is Establishment pulling NAB’s strings?

How CIA and Raw are funding Pakistani separatists: An Inside story

An old desire: Is Gov trying to place ISI under civilian control?

Certain Western states still back terror groups in Syria: Assad

Iran, Pakistan army chiefs urge Muslim world action to end Rohingya plight

Iraq vice president: Baghdad won't tolerate creation of ‘second Israel’

Myanmar says US official barred from Rohingya conflict zone

Iraq’s Nujaba Movement condemns terrorist attacks in Nasiriyah

Unofficial results show PML-N’s Kulsoom set to win NA-120 by-election

Is China using North Korea to break US's Super power's myth?

US Plan for New Afghan Force Poses Threat to Civilians

UK arms sales benefiting most from Middle East wars

UAE: Saudi Arabia was going to launch military attack on Qatar

US policy shift: Would Pakistan turn into another Iran for US?

Has Trump become a leader of Arab nationalism?

Is Gwadar a toll plaza?

Would a defeat in NA-120 would end PML-N's politics from Punjab?

Rohingyas of Karachi struggle to deal with identity crisis

Guilt of war crimes: Suicide among US war veterans highest in west

Saudi Crown Prince Calls Off Visit to Paris for Fear of Popular Uprising

Iqna | Georgian Muslim Cleric Urges Boycotting Myanmar to End Massacre of Rohingya

Mehr News | ‘Saudi Arabia, Taliban like brothers’

Such TV | JUIF rejects hiring educated imams in KP mosques

Why US is not happy with Deir Ez-Zor’s recapture from ISIS?

The United States and Russia rejected the request of Israel to keep Iran far from the Syrian border

Netanyahu is the Israeli Trump

Paradiagm shift: Pakistan’s big ‘No” to US aid

Did PML-N verbal attacks on Judiciary affected the Panama review appeal?

Saudi Arabia, Sudan banned from Labour party conference

Kulbhoshan Yadav’s case: Why ICJ will not give decision in favor of Pakistan?

Why emergence of Hafiz Saeed linked-MML in Pakistani politics is almost inevitable

UNICEF says 240,000 Rohingya kids in dangerous situation

We will sink Japan and turn US to 'ashes and darkness', says North Korea

Pakistan Still Hasn’t Received Trump’s Demand List

Saudi security: detained preachers are members of spying cell

Russia urges Syria not to retaliate against Israel airstrike

Controversial Saudi Prince detained

Facts hidden by the UAE about its military aircraft crashed in Yemen and the fate of its crew

‘Blue Whale’ taking a bite out of K-P

Who is pressurising NAB to file appeal in Hudaibiya case?

China Backs UN Call for Justice in Yemen; US, Saudis Object to Move

Deepening rift: Would PML-N meet the same fate of MQM?

A dangerous tactics: Why Daesh is targeting IT experts from Pakistan universities?

Ansarullah missiles can reach anywhere in UAE: Houthi

Iran a partner in Syrian victory: Assad's letter to Ayatollah Khamenei

MEHR | Saudi Arabia, Israel paving way for US military presence on China border

LUBP | All Deobandi-Salafi right wings parties are on same Page

Pakistan is Among Bottom 5 Countries for Education & Skills Development

Such News | Pak-China Shaheen-VI joint air exercise underway at China's Korla Air Base

Tasnim | Assad Thanks Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran for Backing Syria in War on Terror

HRW: Israel banks financing settlements

Israel’s war against the United Nations

Iran seeks to send delegation to Myanmar over Rohingya plight

Saudi Arabia’s role in removing Nawaz Sharif revealed

UN's inaction on Saudi Arabia’s bombing of Yemen 'striking': HRW

Pakistan’s cost on war on terror: The story of Sticks with few carrots

Netanyahu, Nikki Haley and the ‘Iranophobia’

Diplomacy of visits: Can Pakistan pursue US to review new Afghan policy?

Did China hold back Pakistan to take stand on Rohingya’s genocide?

Pak-EU ties based on commitment to continued engagement: PM

ICC to allocate cricket event to Pakistan in couple of years: David Richardson

IQNA | Rohingya Crisis Rooted in British Colonialism

SHIITE NEWS | Allama Raja Nasir asks Muslim rulers to use force to protect Rohingya Muslims

2017-01-07 23:46:15

‘The Rohingya Alan Kurdi’: Will the World Take Notice Now?

2017170280805SHAFAQNA- Face down in the mud, a baby boy lies still after washing up on a river bank.

‘The Rohingya Alan Kurdi’: Will the World Take Notice Now?

His name is Mohammed Shohayet, a 16-month-old Rohingya refugee whose family fled their home for Bangladesh to escape the violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, only to drown during the journey along with his mother, uncle and three-year-old brother.

“When I see the picture, I feel like I would rather die,” Mohammed’s father, Zafor Alam, told CNN. “There is no point in me living in this world.”

The image has parallels with that of the young Syrian refugee Alan Kurdi, who was found dead on a Turkish beach in September 2015, after trying to flee the civil war at home.

The conflicts the two boys left behind are different, but the desperation of their families to escape is all too familiar.

Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingyas are considered one of the world’s most persecuted minorities. The Myanmar government views them as Bengali immigrants, despite the fact that they’ve lived for generations in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

“In our village, helicopters fired guns at us, and the Myanmar soldiers also opened fire on us,” said Alam. “We couldn’t stay in our house. We fled and went into hiding in the jungle.”

“My grandfather and grandmother were burnt to death,” he added. “Our whole village was burnt by the military. Nothing left.”

‘The military was searching for Rohingyas’

Zafor Alam said they ran from village to village trying to escape the violence.

“I walked for six days. I couldn’t eat rice for four days. I could not sleep at all for six days,” he said. “We constantly changed our location as the military was searching for Rohingyas.”

Alam became separated from his family during the journey and made it to the Naf River which runs between Myanmar and Bangladesh. He says he began swimming and was picked up by Bangladeshi fishermen who took him across the border.

Then, he says he started the process to get his family across to safety.

‘The Rohingya Alan Kurdi’: Will the World Take Notice Now?

“I contacted a boatman and asked him to help my wife and sons so that they could cross the river. They were waiting on the other side,” Alam said.

“I called (my family) on December 4. They were very desperate to leave Myanmar,” Alam said. “They were the last words I had with my family. When I was talking to my wife over phone, I could hear my youngest son calling ‘Abba-Abba’ (father-father).”

Just a few hours after that phone call, Alam said his family tried to make their escape.

“When the Myanmar police got a sense that people were preparing to cross the river, they opened fire,” Alam said. “Hurriedly, the boatman took all people on board to escape the firing. The boat became overloaded. Then it sank.”

A day later, on December 5, he learned what happened.

“Someone phoned me and said my son’s dead body was found,” Alam said. “He took a photo of my son by mobile phone and sent it to me. I was speechless.”

“It’s very difficult for me to talk about my son. He was very fond of his father,” he added. “My son was very affectionate. In our village, everyone used to love him.”

‘Only the river knows’

Alam’s story of his family being torn apart trying to escape is one familiar to many Rohingya families who have made it across the border to Bangladesh. The International Organization for Migration says some 34,000 people have crossed the border in recent weeks and months.

“Only the river knows how many dead bodies of Rohingyas are floating there,” Alam said.

Now at the Leda refugee camp in Teknaf, southern Bangladesh, Alam is struggling to come to terms with what happened.

“I have no one left. My two sons and my wife died. All are finished,” he said.

“We are also suffering here in Bangladesh. There is no house here to live in. There is no food. People who have been living in the camp for a long time, they have given us shelter.”

But at least, it’s a respite from the violence.

“We used to live in constant fear of losing our lives in Myanmar,” he said. “We don’t have any fear in Bangladesh.”

CNN said it is unable to independently verify Zafor Alam’s account, as access to northern Rakhine State is still heavily restricted.

In a written response to CNN, Aye Aye Soe, Myanmar government spokesperson, called the testimony “propaganda” and “false.”

She did confirm that Myanmar military helicopters fired on a Rohingya village on November 12, but said this was a rescue mission aimed at dispersing an “armed mob of suspected perpetrators and collaborating villagers” who ambushed Myanmar troops.

The Myanmar government has repeatedly denied claims of human rights abuses, saying they are only carrying out “clearance operations” against suspects involved in an attack on Myanmar border guards on October 9.

This week, the government made a rare announcement that it would investigate police brutality after a video emerged showing officers beating Rohingya villagers.

 
Categories:  
From other agencies (RSS Reader)

APML Organiseing

- The News

Saad clarifies

- The News