Ramadan celebration rare good news for Rohingya

During the years that the Rohingya Muslims were repressed in Myanmar many of them weren’t allowed to celebrate Ramadan. Now that they live in refugee camps across the border they. It’s the rare good news for this persecuted minority. Here’s my story for UCANews.

Refugee Hamid Hossen at a mosque in the refugee camp. Photo: Ate Hoekstra

Hamid Hossen can barely recall the last time he celebrated Ramadan properly in Myanmar. It was about six years ago before ethnic violence rocked Rakhine State in the west of the country.

“After that it became really difficult. I often had no other option than to pray at home,” said the 52-year-old Rohingya Muslim, who worked as a farmer before fleeing the country along with hundreds of thousands of his compatriots.

Now he is a refugee in Cox’s Bazar, a border district in Bangladesh. Here he and other Rohingya who left Myanmar to escape what the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has described as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing” can celebrate the holy month of Ramadan without any restrictions.

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