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Detained Rohingyas mark Ramadan

Published Jul 11, 2013 03:08pm


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For millions of Muslims, the holy month of Ramadan is time to pray and fast from dawn to dusk. And for this group of Muslim Rohingyas, they're doing it from behind the bars of a detention center.

Trying to escape a bloody conflict in their home of Myanmar earlier this year, they set sail hoping to reach another Muslim country, but ended up here and are being held in a detention center in Thailand.

The some 800,000 Rohingya of Myanmar are not recognized as citizens and are not allowed education or employment. The U.N. has called them 'virtually friendless'.

Except perhaps for some volunteers who help prepare Iftar for the detainees.

(Soundbite) (Thai) Jamrieng Anansuk, 48 year old local resident saying:

"I'm helping them in the name of being religious and for the Muslim people. They have nowhere to go and if they don't have this food, they'll be even more in trouble."

According to Thai officials there are an esimated 2,000 Rohingyas detained in centers across Thailand.

Comments (5) Closed

Dinesh Jul 11, 2013 03:31pm

Pakistan is always extending a shoulder to cry on as far as Indian Muslims are concerned. Hope it grants asylum to all Rohingyas as well, thereby proving that its a champion for all causes Islamic.

Shahryar Shirazi Jul 12, 2013 11:42am

@Dinesh: Which Indian muslim have you seen resting is head on a Pakistani shoulder ? I am sure you will vote for Modi next year ... Shahryar

Jassi Jul 12, 2013 02:01pm

@Dinesh: The Rohingyas are Bangladeshi muslims. I doubt Pakistan will have real concern for Bengalis. Myanmar did the right thing unlike India where Assam is likely to be Bangladeshi majority by 2030.

Khurram Jadoon Jul 13, 2013 05:25am

@Dinesh: Alhumdullilah , we are PROUD of it, and thanks for showing such a gratitude for Pakistanis.

Khurram Jadoon Jul 13, 2013 05:29am

@Jassi: Muslims are Muslims .. there are no Dalits in Islam! i.e religion doesn't separate Bangladeshi Muslims from Pakistani Muslims no matter - we love them more than ever.