No Reason to Hide Our Faces: The Stories of Rohingya Survivors
Our world has become a painful place for Rohingya women. Rohingya rape victims often suffer in silence and isolation, as their pain is very personal. It is the worst trauma possible, with lifelong consequences. And the Burmese military knows it. So they take scores of Hijabis to a village Masjid and gang rape them, including girls as young as 11, while their mothers, sisters, and other women are forced to listen to their anguish and cries.
This is their method of forcing Rohingya women out of their homes in Burma. An estimated half of all Rohingyas in Burma have fled their country. Rohingyas are indigenous people of Burma living in their ancestral land. The UN says that 52% of all Rohingya refugees surveyed were raped.
To add to the trauma, their men are either killed or imprisoned. 80% of the 75,000 fresh refugees are women and children. Families are breaking apart. This is where these brave sisters declared that they don’t want to hide their faces and remain silent. They want the world to know what has happened and what is being done to them.
It is only because of their bravery that we found the courage to share their photos and their stories.
May Allah bless them in this world and the world to come.
May the world hear their cries for justice.
About 20 years ago, when 50,000 Muslim women were raped in Bosnia, Muslims in America came together to form the Bosnia Task Force USA. Thanks to our campaign, in partnership with the National Organizations of Women, we were able to get rape declared a war crime through the United Nations. It was the first such declaration in the international law, thanks to our efforts.
I am asking you to read this document and then volunteer to help these poor victims of rape and genocide. I look forward to hearing from you.
I am requesting your help.
Abdul Malik Mujahid
Chair, Burma Task Force USA