Multi-vocal voices of refugees: A case study of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Suban Kumar Chowdhury, Anne Keary Andrea Reupert and Eisuke Saito
First Published June 21, 2021 – Research Article

https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0268580921993328

ABSTRACT

The inflow of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar experiencing trauma and torture is a major global issue. This article explores relationships with local communities as they are represented in the multi-vocal voices of Rohingya refugees. Interviews and focus groups were conducted with a group of Rohingya refugees based in the Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh along with observations of camp life. Twenty participants were interviewed. The observations provide insights into the feelings of anxiety among the Rohingya refugees. Yet, the findings also suggest that the refugees hold out hope that in Bangladesh they will find a sense of belonging. The study draws on Bakhtin’s notion of heteroglossia as positioned through sociological discourse, to reflect the social experiences of refugee young people and their families. The intent of the article is to open up, rather than to close off engagement with the issue – furthering awareness and possible actions to be taken. 


Trapped in Protected Refugee Camps: ‘Please Help Me to Survive’

Suban Kumar Chowdhury (University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh), Anne Keary and Eisuke Saito (Monash University)
Originally published in ‘Redress’, vol 28 No. 2 December 2019.A publication of the Association of Australian Women’s Educator (AWE)

ABSTRACT

The resettlement of refugees who have experienced displacement, trauma and torture is of major global concern. This article reports on a Bangladeshi researcher’s perceptions of the resettlement of Rohingya refugees in a protected camp in Bangladesh. The first author visited and interviewed a group of Rohingya refugees to learn about their experiences and perceptions about resettlement in Bangladesh. Notes were taken from interviews and observations conducted to gain insights into the physical and emotional state of the refugees. Significant problems were documented that were associated with poor living conditions, apparent resentment from the local community towards the refugees and a building-up of atrocious
circumstances that these peoples face on a daily basis. This article offers a partial lens into these conditions that appear to be worsening. Implications for schooling of children and young women are discussed. Questions are raised about global responsibility for refugees who are part of the social and cultural fabric of communities abroad and in Australia.