News ID: 200491
Published: 0833 GMT September 13, 2017

Message to the world from Begum, a Rohingya

Message to the world from Begum, a Rohingya
Begum Jaan, 65 (KATIE ARNOLD/AL JAZEERA)

"I feel like the outside world is supporting us a lot and that makes me feel better. I want everyone to hear our story."

Begum Jaan, 65, comes from Rakhine State, Myanmar, which she fled in recent weeks, ALJAZEERA reported.

My life has been one long struggle. My husband died 25 years ago, and since then I have been begging on the streets of my village to survive. Both my daughters are married, so I had no one to support me.

One night I woke up to the sound of guns and explosions ― they were so loud, I could not bear it. I have not been able to sleep since as I can still hear those noises in my head.

Everyone was fleeing, so I fled with them, I did not want to be left on my own. It took me two days to reach Bangladesh, I found the journey very difficult as I need a walking stick and no one accompanied me, even though I saw lots and lots of people heading to Bangladesh. I had heard the military had ships patrolling the river, so I was very scared when crossing it by boat.

Even though I am now in Bangladesh, I am still scared I will run into the Myanmar military. But I am happier now, as I cannot hear the sound of guns or explosions.

I feel like the outside world is supporting us a lot and that makes me feel better. I want everyone to hear our story, I want the whole world to hear our sorrows, but I don't know what good it will do. We don't have a future; our lives are hopeless.

   
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