We asked Sirajul to tell his story.
[My name is] Sirajul Islam living in the world’s largest refugee camp, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. I am from Myanmar. I was born in 2002 in Myanmar. I am a Rohingya genocide survivor. I am a young poet as well as a photographer. For decades, we Rohingya have been facing genocide in Myanmar. I have migrated to Bangladesh in 2017 in order to save my treasured life. Eventually, I became a refugee and I am living in the refugee camp where I can’t dream of my future. In my motherland Myanmar, I was a student with great hope and the happy moments that I enjoyed in my student life.
[Sirajul discussed with Maribel from Love 4 Immigrants, hope to create a poetry book and be able to publish.]
How has poetry helped you?
Poetry is a part of my life. I write for rights. “I am a young poet. I write for my community to let know the world what we are suffering in the camp.”
This [the poem] is what I am feeling in my life. [It is the] reality of my life.
Poem authored by Sirajul Islam
Titled: “I Cry For Peace”
I Cry for Peace
Since I was born in Myanmar
I have been deprived of peace
I am being treated inhumanely
I’m tortured without any crime
Shedding tears for peace of soul
Tears are turning into stream
Aching the reddish eyes of mine
Drowning in my painful tears
I also belong to this luxurious world
I am deprived of my due education
I want to get a taste of peaceful life
I’m very much hungry for tranquillity
Dreaming of a peaceful life
To ease all my complex barriers
Eager to embrace peace
So that I can glance at [a] perfect life.
– Sirajul Islam
Find Sirajul on Instagram at sirajulislam_siras
Call To Action
You may be wondering how you can help Sirajul. Here are a few tangible action steps you can take.
- Share Sirajul’s story and poem on social media, email, and in conversations.
- Send Sirajul or Love 4 Immigrants information about any job or other opportunity that can improve his livelihood.
- Gather educational resources (especially related to poetry and photography) and send it to Love 4 Immigrants at firstname.lastname@example.org or DM us on Instagram.