Kulshum Begum

Kulshum Begum is from Tula Toli, a village in north-eastern Rakhine state. This village was the site of a pre-planned massacre by the Burmese military. Kulshum lost every member of her family with the exception of her husband. She and her husband managed to flee to Bangladesh.

What is your first memory of work?

When I was very young, I would go to school. Later I would tend to our cows and goats.

How do you feel about Testimony Tailors?

I am grateful to be part of this. I am very grateful to the person who purchased my sewing machine. With this income, I have been able to buy food and medicines. At the moment, I have made one or two items of clothing per month. I hope that will increase. If our organisation can manage more orders, it will be better for us.

What do you miss most about your home in Burma?

I miss my sister who was killed. I miss our land and our property.

What do you think about the future?

To tell you the truth I don’t know what to think. I have a baby now. I don’t know what to think.

What would you like to do in the future?

If we can get more work from the cooperative, that is what we want.

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