“Hi Miss, apa kabar? Ini saya, Noyeem. Saya tidak tahu apa yang harus dilakukan saat sendirian. Saya merindukan semua orang yang biasanya mengobrol dengan saya.”

Hari itu, tanggal 7 Juli 2018 dan Mohammad Noyeem, seorang pengungsi Rohingya berumur 19 tahun, mengirim pesan kepada saya di Facebook. Saya pertama kali bertemu Noyeem pada Oktober 2017, saat saya menulis sebuah artikel tentang para pengungsi Rohingya di Medan, Sumatera Utara. Saya rutin mengunjunginya selama beberapa bulan terakhir, di rumahnya di Hotel Beraspati—sebuah “hotel melati” yang diubah menjadi kamp pengungsi yang terletak di pinggiran kota.

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Aisyah Llewellyn

Aisyah Llewellyn is a British freelance writer based in Medan, Indonesia. She is a former diplomat and writes primarily about Indonesian politics, culture, travel and food.

Teguh Harahap

Teguh Harahap is a freelance writer and translator based in Medan, Indonesia. Previously he worked as the editor of Koran Kindo, a weekly newspaper for Indonesian migrant workers based in Hong Kong.