Schooling for Rohingya children in Penang

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Sixty gain education – and hope – at Peace Learning Centre while their parents seek illegal work.

When the Burma Citizenship Law was enacted in 1982, 800,000 Rohingya were left stateless because it no longer recognised them as citizens. Stateless and vulnerable to abuse, they were subject to forced labour, harassment, rape, arbitrary land seizure and destruction of property.

Sofi*, who was 15 years old then, ran away from Maungdaw with his mother and siblings after the 2012 Rakhine State riot. “My father came to Penang in 2009. The boat fare was RM6,000 and he had to raise the funds for it by borrowing money from friends and relatives.


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