Support for Myanmar Rohingya Women

BCHRD
Posted January 28, 2017 from Bangladesh
Rohingy Refugee Women

Ms Saidiya Begum-22 was newly married. Not long after she was married the Burmese soldiers entered her village, captured and killed the men house after house, soon the army got inside her home grabbed her husband and shot him down in the fields, they later raped her right beside her husband's body.

When she opened her eyes in the next morning she got found herself lying on the field beside dead husband. This incident took place in 2012 in Myanmar and during this period Saidiyalost everything and everyone she loved. The 22-year-old in an effort to protect herself from the blood-thirsty Burmese army, left her country and crossed over into Bangladesh on a tiny boat past the Naf river, which borders the two countries and took refuge near the sea shore at Shaplapur. Sadiya is just one of the many Rohingya women whose lives have been tattered, today between 1400-1800 Rohingya people live in Shaplapur where they are being discriminated day after day. With the help of other people from her community Saidiya Begum has a room in a slum, which she shares with her children. Nine months after the rape incident Saidiya had given birth Sanun age 3 years 8 months. However, Sanun is the war child; she did not know who her father is. Though Saidiya has managed to get away from Burma, she still hasn’t been able to protect herself from sex thirsty men. Saidiya is beautiful and young, so she became a target for a boat owner, who walks into her room and rapes her when all the Rohingya men are out fishing at night. " At night when the all our men go fishing in the bay, the owner of the boat comes and forcibly enter my room and rapes me." It is regular phenomenon and as a result of it she got pregnant and gave birth 2 other Children, youngest one is just 9 months old. The Rohingya community has no working rights in Bangladesh. But they need to work to stay alive as the relief fund they are provided with by The government and the United Nations is barely enough, so they fall prey to low wages and are forced to work long hours for less pay. They are therefore forced to do multiple severely low paying jobs and their settlements are usually found near the coastal areas of the Bay of Bengal. As the only job they get is fishing, while the women work as maidservants. This community does not own boats and are only paid for their labor, so they don’t earn much as the boat owners know that these men have no working rights in Bangladesh. The boat owners usually pay them around $2 -$3 per day. The fishermen usually go to the sea at midnight or during early morning hours and return in the evening. The boat owners’ come to the Rohingya slums in the middle of the night and wake them up and force them to go fishing.

This story was submitted in response to Women’s Bodies and the Law.

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Jill Langhus
Jan 28, 2017
Jan 28, 2017

Hi there BCHRD, Thanks for your heart wrenching story of Sadiya. Is anything being done to help these women? How can we help? That's horrible.

BCHRD
Jan 28, 2017
Jan 28, 2017

Thank you very much for your information

BCHRD already provided some relief and treatment. You can support to victims.

Bank Name: Dutch Bangla Bank Limited

Bank Branch: Ring Road

Bank Address: Ring Road Branch, Adabor, Shyamoli, Dhaka-1207

City / Country: Dhaka/Bangladesh

Account Name: Bangladesh Centre for Human Rights and Development (BCHRD)

Account Number: 148.110.23285

SWIFT/FISC #: DBBL BDDH

Jill Langhus
Jan 29, 2017
Jan 29, 2017

Good to hear. Thanks for the info. I will share your story on my social media pages. Please keep us updated.

Catherine Irene
Jan 28, 2017
Jan 28, 2017

Thank you for keeping us informed. Stay safe and keep reaching out.

BCHRD
Jan 29, 2017
Jan 29, 2017

Thank you very much

This post is updated

BCHRD
Jan 30, 2017
Jan 30, 2017

Dear all Please visit

project: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/supportrohingyasgirls/

If you want to use a shorter url for Twitter, SMS, or Facebook you can use: https://goto.gg/25939

Natasha L
Jan 30, 2017
Jan 30, 2017

Hello Your writing is so descriptive and powerful.  You have written a strong, compelling piece about Saidiya that brings awareness to these unjust conditions for those in the Rohingya community.  

What do you suppose is one of the things the government of Bangladesh could do to address this injustice, and give some safety and economic stability to the people in the Rohingya community?  

Are there any NGOs or local agencies that are working with the people to bring them protection, justice, and a better life?  

BCHRD
Jan 31, 2017
Jan 31, 2017

Thank you very much for your comments.

BCHRD is working for the rehabilitation and prevention for the victims of rohingyas people. I don’t believe that the government of Bangladesh could do to address this injustice, and give some safety and economic stability to the people in the Rohingya community. Government failed to protect and promote the human rights for them. Reliefs as food, cloths, and rice were provided to the victims. Continue Economic & Social assistance will be provided to the victim after the termination of Project.

A human rights context, with reference to cultural difference in expressing distress and seeking help, and with reference to the personal meaning of torture, is to be essential as a basis for formulating treatment initiatives based on the evidence reviewed   

BCHRD is health based human rights organization that are working with the people to bring them protection, justice, and a better life. BCHRD would like to receive fund from you and others development partners. Please communicate with them infobchrd@gmail.com