ROHINGYA UNCERTAINTY DILEMMA
“A terrible humanitarian crisis needs to be addressed with a sense of humanity”, United High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi.
The Rohingya are a stateless Muslim minority in Myanmar. The Rohingya crisis is a series of ongoing persecutions by the Myanmar government against the Muslim minority of Rohingya people.
People of all races, religions, colors or faiths around the world are criticizing the Rohingya issue on the accountability of the Myanmar government in the hope that it will result in their prosecution by the International Courts of Justice (ICJ).
The government is seen to deprive the Rohingya ethnic from dropping any votes in the general election since 2015 for the reason that the community is illegitimate to be a citizen of any country or land and therefore being stateless people.
The genocide of Rohingya ethnic started from October 2016 to January 2017 causing more than one million Rohingya refugees to flee to Bangladesh for humanitarian aid, basic necessities such as food and water, and general protection and security.
They are forced to migrate and bring their families abroad as immigrants in order to search for a better life.
Most of them travel as far as Malaysia holding only their UNHCR card to settle down and find any source of income to build a better future.
In Malaysia, the Rohingyas prepares their younger generations with basic education and social skills to assimilate them within the local community.
The Madrasah, with six teachers and over one hundred children, is run by the Rohingya community with the help of several Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and private individuals before the Covid-19 pandemic hit the country in March.
Today, the Madrasah only operates with only two teachers and having less than 30 children who are mostly living at the Madrasah.
The financial burden faced by the Madrasah is critical because the only savings left are from donations and the collection of student fee. Furthermore, the school has to shut down temporarily in March because of the pandemic, causing many children to return to their parents or guardians.
Norul Haque Furuk Ahmad, is a 48 years old teacher at Madrasah Al Muhajir Wal Ansar, Subang, about 30 kilometers from Kuala Lumpur. He was from Nayapara refugee camp in Teknaf, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
According to him, every child at the Madrasah is well taken care of while needing to have better education for a brighter future. A father of seven children, he travels to Malaysia and is working at the Madrasah for almost one and a half year now.
He sacrifices by working without any salary for a few months under the government imposed Control Movement Order during the Covid-19 pandemic. He always works with the Rohingya community to make sure the madrasah would be able to pay the rental fee and food supply which is around RM3000 monthly.