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On World Refugee Day – Let’s not forget the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who fled their homeland

June 20th, 2018 by Posted in Uncategorized

In this life we need work, and we need our friends. This is true even if you’re living in a refugee camp, like Mohammad Azhar, who fled Myanmar foMohammad Azhar-3r Bangladesh in 2017. Mohammad, 65, brought his sewing machine with him and now provides tailoring services to his neighbours.

“I feel good when I work, it keeps me away from all the negative thoughts,” he said. “It’s not easy to find tailors, so I am also helping the people living here.”

Underneath a bamboo and tarpaulin roof Ershad Ali runs a hair dressing salon. He bought the chair and mirror with savings he carried with him Ershad ali-2from Myanmar and set up his shop in the Ukhiya mega-camp.

“I wasn’t a barber back home but I knew how to do it,” Ershad, 28, said. “So when I came here I decided to make this shop. I get three or four customers a day, it’s not enough but it’s helping me to earn my living.”

Ali, Ramzan and Hossen were originally from different parts of Myanmar, but life in the camps has thrown hem together and now they are inseparable. They go to the madrasa (religious school) togeThree friendsther, they play together and they roam around the camp together. For these boys, the friendship they found is the best thing that’s happened to them in this new life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Story by: Sean Kenny

PC: Maruf Hasan

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