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First, they Erased Our Name: A Rohingya speaks

Habiburahman Sophie Ansel



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Scribe Publications
06 August 2019
Memoirs; History; Refugees & political asylum; Social discrimination; Ethnic studies; International humanitarian law
For the first time, a Rohingya speaks up to expose the persecution facing his people.

'I am three years old and will have to grow up with the hostility of others. I am already an outlaw in my own country, an outlaw in the world. I am three years old, and don't yet know that I am stateless.' Habiburahman was born in 1979 and raised in a small village in western Burma. When he was three years old, the country's military leader declared that his people, the Rohingya, were not one of the 135 recognised ethnic groups that formed the eight 'national races'. He was left stateless in his own country.

Since 1982, millions of Rohingya have had to flee their homes as a result of extreme prejudice and persecution. In 2016 and 2017, the government intensified the process of ethnic cleansing, and over 600,000 Rohingya people were forced to cross the border into Bangladesh.

Here, for the first time, a Rohingya speaks up to expose the truth behind this global humanitarian crisis. Through the eyes of a child, we learn about the historic persecution of the Rohingya people and witness the violence Habiburahman endured throughout his life until he escaped the country in 2000, eventually reaching Australia by boat in December 2009. He spent nearly three years in detention centres before being released, and now lives in Melbourne..

First, They Erased Our Name is an urgent, moving memoir about what it feels like to be repressed in one's own country and a refugee in others. It gives voice to the voiceless.
By:   Habiburahman, Sophie Ansel
Imprint:   Scribe Publications
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   343g
ISBN:   9781925849110
ISBN 10:   1925849112
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   06 August 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Habiburahman (Author) Habiburahman, born in 1979, a Rohingya, lives and works as an interpreter and social worker in Melbourne, Australia. He founded the Australian Burmese Rohingya Organization to advocate for his community. Sophie Ansel (Author) Sophie Ansel is a journalist, author and director. She lived in Asia for several years. It was during a five-month stay in Burma that she met Habiburahman and decided to help tell his story. Andrea Reece (Translator) Andrea Reece is a translator of novels, short stories and works of non-fiction from the French and Spanish.

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