Masih segar di ingatan Mohd Rafik saat pengganas beragama Buddha mengejarnya dengan parang di kampung halamannya di bandar Buthidaung di Negeri Rakhine, Myanmar. Di abdomen dan bahunya masih kelihatan parut luka yang dialami dalam kejadian ngeri tersebut. Berikutan kejadian itu, Mohd Rafik melarikan diri ke Malaysia pada 2012. Dua tahun kemudian, isteri dan dua anaknya menyusul–mengharungi perjalanan yang sama menaiki bot ke Thailand diikuti laluan darat ke Malaysia, melalui rangkaian pemerdagangan manusia.

Rafik sekeluarga merupakan satu daripada ribuan kisah penduduk Rohingya yang telah diusir dari rumah mereka. Menurut laporan dari Pesuruhjaya Tinggi Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu bagi Pelarian (UNHCR), semenjak 2017 terdapat lebih 723,000 warga Muslim Rohingya yang melarikan diri ke negara-negara jiran seperti Bangladesh.

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Adriana Manan

Adriana Nordin Manan is a writer, playwright, translator and researcher. She was born, raised, and is based in Kuala Lumpur. With a Masters in Political Economy from New York University, Adriana is passionate about languages, culture and diversity in stories.