Yesterday you shared a meal with your family at home. You gathered everyone around for an annual family photo. That was the last family photo you would ever take — and also the last time you would see your family. Today you’re on the run. Your family is forced to flee — by boat, by car, by foot, by any means necessary. Everyone is set on a different path with an unknown future. And suddenly your family tree has now been scattered across 3 continents, 4 countries, and 5 cities.
The only thing you hold is the photo of your family who are now scattered across the globe.
Rohingya Reunions is dedicated to highlight the stories of resilience, hope, and the power of family. It is a collection of stories about the lives of my Rohingya friends who have been separated — with little hope of seeing their family again. We don’t all have the ability to travel, but I was given the gift. After being welcomed into the Rohingya community in 2015, my friends were separated across the globe. I set out on a mission to find them.
As long as I have a passport in hand, I will continue to find my Rohingya friends across the world, piece together their family trees, and share their stories.
I’ve traveled to 20 cities in 5 countries (and counting) to find my friends.
The best part is that it’s only the beginning. These stories are still being carved out day-by-day. I only share a small part of their story, but I hope to serve them as best I can.