INSIGHT: Hope after hardship — the story of Rohingya refugees in Austin

  • Qiling Wang
  • Austin American-Statesman
Dec 09, 2017
Mohamad Hussain, 40, walks to his North Austin home after finishing his shift at a Indian-Pakistani restaurant at 11 p.m. in November. He shares a bedroom with three men from Rakhine state in Myanmar, plus one of the men’s wife and two children.

About 620,000 Rohingya — a Muslim ethnic minority from Myanmar’s western Rakhine state — have fled violence this year in a refugee crisis that U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson identified as “ethnic cleansing” after a trip in November.

The persecution of Rohingya is a decadeslong story — and one that could be told here in North Austin by Mohamad Hussain, 40, who suffered 20 years of turmoil and displacement after fleeing Myanmar.

A five-month glance at their new lives in Rundberg Lane’s immigrant community illustrates the journey Hussain and three other men from Rakhine — including one with two children — are taking as they all rebuild their lives in the same home. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.