Voices of Rohingya – Today We Remember

Tue, 08/25/2020 - 2:23pm

“I saw the military shoot my friend…”

Shafika Begum

Three years ago today, August 25, 2017, the Myanmar army coordinated and implemented a genocidal attack on Rohingya communities and villages across Myanmar’s Rakhine state. Thousands were killed and/or raped, and those who were able to flee, about one million, are still living in refugee camps today across the border in Bangladesh with no clear path for a safe return to their homes, the places from where they fled for their lives in 2017. Many if not most of their homes and villages have been burned, destroyed and practically erased from existence. Many of the refugees have spoken about what they witnessed in 2017.

Today we remember and honor Shafika, who describes how her best friend was killed by the Burmese army.

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Rohingya Survivor Shafika Begum

Rohingya survivor Shafika Begum remembers the 2017 deaths of her four best friends at the hands of the Burmese military.

USC Shoah Foundation