For Rohingya Refugees, The US Feels Like Being Born Again
The new Rohingya Culture Center of Chicago is a safe refuge for these persecuted Muslims.By Ben Schamisso | July 27, 2016
Since 2012, more than 120,000 Rohingya have risked their lives by taking to the sea to flee persecution in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Their stateless status, plus other extreme government restrictions, leave them at risk of mass atrocities and even genocide.
"I have never had the feeling someone is like, 'Oh, you are the refugee,'" said Nasir Bin Zakaria, one of nearly 1,000 Rohingya refugees who have resettled in Chicago in the past few years. "This is my future, the new life. We can say, 'We are the new baby, born here.'"