Azma Begum

Azma Begum is 18 and comes from the village of Tula Toli in north eastern Rakhine State, Myanmar. She lost her 15 year old sister in the massacre that took place in her village on 30 August 2017.

What is your earliest memory of work?

When I young, I would attend moktob ( a religious school). I helped to look after our family cattle and I did household work.

What happened to your family on 30th August?

The hamlet in which we lived – Chor Para – was the worst affected. So many people from that hamlet were slaughtered and killed, including small children. Nur Ankis, my 15 year old sister, died in the attack. It was really difficult to cross the river. That was the most difficult day of my life.

Do you think back about your village?

What can I do? I think about it automatically. I miss my home, our vegetable patch, our property, our livestock. I used to love gathering our vegetable produce.

What do you want to see in the future?

Will we ever go back to Burma? I want to be recognised as a Rohingya and I want to go back. But will we ever do that?

What about here in Bangladesh? What do you want to do?

After receiving my sewing machine, the income helped me feed my child, my in-laws, and I could even buy some cosmetics. It has been very good for us. I really enjoy sewing. It makes me happy. I hope there will be more orders for all of us.

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