Both Vice-Chairman (1), Mr. Haroon who is related to political affairs and Vice-Chairman (2), Mr. Mohammed Ibrahim who is related to Social and Refugees affairs in Rohingya League for Democracy (Burma), RLDB were attended to the Rohingya Congress that convened on 31st May, 2008 at near Bangladesh-Burma border area.
There were joined at the congress more than 135 representatives from political, social and students organizations of Rohingya worldwide including some individuals with the proposal of working together unitedly over the community for finding durable solutions on facing sort of problems by Rohingyas not only in Burma but also in all over the world.
Furthermore, some of the well-known leaders from sister Rakhine community, specifically leaders from National Unity Party of Arakan (NUPA), Mr. Jeck of National Reconciliation Program of Burma and a very well-known Shan Leader, also the Director of Euro-Burma Office Mr. Harn Yawnghwe (the son of first President of independent Burma after 1948) were frankly attended the Congress on that day.
At the meeting, while controversies on demolishing all existing organizations to form a single party was taken place among the participants, the Vice-Chairman (1) delivered a wonderful proposal to work together with all existing parties without demolition. His proposal was drawn the attention of the majority of representatives because it brought the new idea of giving collective leadership with full explanations and procedures.
After the proposal, the appearance of Arakan Rohingya Organization (ARC) was initiated under the monitoring of Mr. Harn of Euro-Burma office and RLDB became as a prominent member in ARC working committee with some responsibilities as to draft the first step constitution and to establish a secure web for ARC.
After the meeting, the both Vice-Chairs sat close meetings with the delegations from NUPA, NRP and other Rohingya groups including with Mr. Harn too.
Later that day all non-Rohingya guests and RLDB delegations with some others who reached to Congress from various countries were invited to a dinner by one of the Organizations known as Rohingya Solidarity Organization in the evening.
On 3rd June 2008, RLDB delegations were invited to attend a seminar under the topic of “Ethnic Conflict in Burma and Rohingya Issue” by a NGO known as Neeti Gobeshona Kendro in Dhaka.
The mission was included some other delegations that came from different countries but led by Vice-Chair (2) Mr. Ibrahim because he keeps long relationship with that NGO in many occasion. Some of the Photo documents are as shown in below:
A few days later, after Vice-Chairman (2) Mr. Ibrahim has returned back to his place, he swiftly approached to the Government
authority, the camp in charge to pay a visit to the refugee camp on earning some documents about the situation inside camps as he was instructed by CEC of RLDB because hearing many miserable information about refugees on those days.
According to the information, some of the refugees were injured in a riot with security forces while refugees demonstrated against the leave of one medical team from them. To get the correct information Vice-Chair (2) pay a visit to the camps with some guests along with his video camera. He met young and old refugees, kids, religious leaders; men and women then asked them several
questions about their life in camps, of their necessities, the reason of occurring the riot and about the causalities to make a record with his camera.
Although Mr. Ibrahim is well-known on doing such work with many foreign reporters and Medias for longtime. Many times he was warned by the authority not to involve with such matters. He therefoere kept away himself from this job for a time more than a year on his security reason.
This time the camp in charge was new and kind
hearted. The camp in charge was with him at this time but warned him not to give any of the documents that he earned from refugees nor having any interview with foreign base medias.
While Mr. Ibrahim appeared after a year the refugee willing to carry him their messages to the world but they said “we want to tell and we have to tell many things but our mouths are closed by forced. Let the world know about our life here and tell not to forget us”.
The refugees told that they refuge into Bangladesh to survive the life and to escape the persecutions of Burmese brutal forces but life here is more difficult like hell. They did not think the world will ignore them like now and their issue in Burma will be solved by international community through every means but it was only a dream, they should not have such anticipation.
The camp is at the Beach of Naf River and during the rainy season, tidal water flows into their miserable huts with many diseases. Flooding and cyclone make them shelter-less to have snap or to take a rest. Hundreds of children are died because of those heartless storms and floods. No animal can live in this situation but Rohingyas are living on such a place for nearly two decades. Why do they are not allowed living peacefully on this earth? Does anyone give the answer? Do not they have the right to live in this world by claiming it is our portion?
“Burma and here in Bangladesh, there was killing and here is also, there was seized land and properties, here is also, there was rape here is the same, there was restrictions and here is no difference, there kept in detention by creating fault cases and here even doing the same; there refused us by telling Bengali but here is saying as Burmese, we are in trouble in both place, nowhere like us to live…why? We do like to ask the world why? Do human being is our guilty?” (A Refugee)
According to refugees they are not allowed to work outside the camps and robbery upon their rations again is a daily life facing at them. If they have nothing to eat, they drink the muddy water but for their kids, while they cry on hungriness the most difficult time passes at them.
“Mr. Ibrahim ..my message to the world is as if they are thinking that we are not deserve to live on earth then come to kill us at once but don’t give us more troubles in future. Say them please do not celebrate Eid (or) Christmas on our situation.” (A Religious leader in Camp)
According to Vice-Chairman (2), when he saw and heard the situation directly from refugees as how difficult life a day in Camp, he was unable to control the dropping tears from his eyes.
After some days he was invited to a meeting held by a monthly scholarship Rohingya student’s group at Cox’s Bazar region. In the meeting he narrated all the realities what he found out at the camp.
Mr. Ibrahim knew very well that he was being watched by the intelligent department after his trip to camp but he said he did not make a control for himself due to the situation what he saw at the camp. Since then he became a wanted at security forces and they looking for him in everywhere. Persons with civil dress came to his home and asking whereabouts him. Those people were threatening to his family members mornings and evenings days after days.
When the situation became unavoidable, the CEC members of RLDB are informed to have an assist for his escape.
Finally by the grace of Almighty Allah, member of RLDB, and some other well-wishers assisted Mr. Ibrahim and his family to escape the persecutions by leaving for a third country and at the moment they all are in safe, as well he is continuously working in RLDB for the sake long suffering community.