One word – wow. Another word – harrowing. New York Times brings you a first hand account of a Rohingya woman escaping the persecution of her home country, Myanmar, by fleeing to Malaysia (a Muslim country). Due to the exorbitant cost of smugglers, Ms. Izhar had to make the difficult choice and left one of her children behind.
“How can I stay here?” Ms. Izhar questioned. “The old, the young, everyone has to keep watch on the village every night to protect the women. All the women are going to Malaysia, so I will go to Malaysia, too.”
We follow Ms. Izhar through her harrowing journey on a migrant boat where smugglers demanded even more money and abused her, to the son she left behind, to finally… Malaysia.