Arriving Bangladesh alive, Rohingya woman bursts into tears

13 Sep 2017, 09:44 | updated: 13 Sep 2017, 09:49

From Cox’s Bazar

She had just landed at the border point of Anjuman Para village road of Palongkhali in Cox’s Bazar’s Ukhiya on 11 September. Her name is Reshma Khatun, in her thirties, wife of 45-year-old Nuruzzaman who carried his 82-year-old father in 60km along with his younger brother.

Like any other Bangladesh-Myanmar border points, Rohingya families are fleeing violence in their own country Myanmar and entering neighbouring Bangladesh through the Anjuman Para, a hamlet of Palongkhali in Ukhiya.

While the NTV Online photojournalist Mohammad Ibrahim started to click photographs of Reshma, she burst into tears saying, ‘We’re safe now in Bangladesh. We never thought we would be alive.’

It was an eye-catching instance between her husband and his younger brother Mohammad Amin’s emotional bonding with their father. They carried their 82-year old sick father on their shoulders, walked around 60km across the Myanmar border to Anjuman Para border village of Palongkhali in Cox’s Bazar’s Ukhiya.

Nuruzzaman, his 36-year-old brother Mohammad Amin, their wives and seven children, and their father Sonali Rahman fled Myanmar’s Rakhine State amidst the ongoing military operations on the Muslim minority. They have reached at the border point of the village road in Anjuman Para on 11 September morning after walking for five days.