Johura Begum, 12, attends Koranic school in the refugee camp. She and her 10 year-old brother Hyrul Amin now live with their aunt and uncle in a sprawling refugee camp in Bangladesh. They lost 14 of their 16 family members when the Burmese military attacked their village in Rakhnie state of Myanmar. They were the only survivors. One year after the attack, she says: “A lot of kids can call for their parents but we don’t have parents to call out to. Whenever I can’t call for my parents, I don’t feel peaceful... whenever I feel the pain (from the wound), what the military people did in Myanmar, I remember that… I don’t feel good at all here, I want to see my parents and siblings and now that I have to live in someone else house, I don’t like it... The other kids are peaceful, that’s why they are playing. I’m not peaceful in my body that’s what I can’t play… Me and my brother have all the worries of this world.”//
Last August, “ethnic cleansing” perpetrated by the Myanmar military against the Rohingya sparked a massive refugee crisis. Nearly a million Rohingya – those who escaped the flames and executions – are now living in camps in Bangladesh. Many of them were raped, most saw loved ones killed, thousands arrived wounded. All are traumatized. Here in this corner of Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated areas of PTSD affected and depressed people on earth.
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