Sunday, February 15, 2009

Traumatized Rohingya flee squalid life in Bangladesh

Images by Greg Constantine, International Herald Tribune
"How to measure or comprehend the terror - or perhaps it's the love - that propels a man to leave his family, quite possibly forever, and climb penniless into a boat to find uncertain work a thousand miles away in a place where he knows he'll be both unwelcome and liable to arrest? For that matter, what hellish existence could send a family fleeing to a refugee camp where conditions resemble, charitably, the 12th century?"
For Burmese military junta, they are non-existent, for Bangladesh and Thailand, these are unwelcome refugees. Living in squalid refugee camps where basic amenities for a human life is considered a pompous luxury, the miserable lives of Rohingyas do not knock any palpable sigh from world's collective indifference.

Should we just forget the agonies of these men, women and children? Politically marginalized Rohingyas flee their homeland Burma everyday, seeking desperate shelter in neighboring nations, getting on dingy boats crossing high seas to lands in the hope of finding jobs to help their stranded family back in refugee camps. Only very recently their plights and horrible treatments by various governments, especially Thailand, have started to emerge. Deaths in the sea, starvations in refugee camps, outright brutality by Burmese military juntas are part of their struggling lives and unmentionable deaths.

Link to a hearbreaking news article: Traumatized Rohingya flee squalid life in Bangladesh

Link to where various articles about Rohingya people can be found.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

The Invasion from Outer Space - a Story by Steven Millhauser

"We have been invaded by nothing, by emptiness, by animate dust. The invader appears to have no characteristic other than the ability to reproduce rapidly. It doesn’t hate us. It doesn’t seek our annihilation, our subjection and humiliation. Nor does it desire to protect us from danger, to save us, to teach us the secret of immortal life. What it wishes to do is replicate."
Read this story in full from following link: The Invasion from Outer Space

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

O Saya - Slumdog Millionaire Soundtrack

Another brilliant music composition by AR Rahman from Slumdog Millionaire.

Slumdog Millionaire - Jai Ho

If you haven't seen Slumdog Millionaire yet, you have missed one of the best movies of last few years at least. IMHO.