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Tafrida, World Food Program worker now a Rohingya refugee

Sabah Mannan

Like any other Rohingya, Tafrida in his early twenties, fled from Buchidang of Rakhine State Myanmar to Bangladesh. Before fleeing, she used to work as a  community teacher under a project run by World Food Programme (WFP) in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. The WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian organization addressing hunger and promoting food security and food-assistance branch of the United Nations and the. When the journalist interviewed her, she said that the Myanmar military soldiers and local Buddhists drove her along with innumerous Rohingyas to Bangladesh; a safe haven for the survivors. She informed that many of the unmarried girls were picked up, beaten, raped, tortured and killed by the Myanmar government’s soldiers and Buddhists. Asked whether she and her family members want to go back to Myanmar, she said, ‘Despite having my motherland, we don’t want to back in the dead land. They will kill us. We want to survive.’ Bursting into tears, the former WFP worker also said, ‘Though we are in great trouble, I feel safe here thanks to your country for giving us shelter and saving our lives.’
Source: NTV Online

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