Aarabu Ahmad Sultan
I looked at women in the Rohingya community, and their children, to understand how their lives have been distorted beyond recognition by displacement. This is important in the light of the often uncritical accounts of refugees that are brought about, which pay very little attention to the differentiated lived experiences of men and women. Being gender blind in this regard serves to homogenize the narratives of a community which is hardly uniform in terms of how they experience conflict, displacement and migration.
After facing persecution in the Buddhist-majority state of Myanmar, around 6,000 refugees--often referred to as the "people of nowhere"--have settled in Jammu. When the weather allows, they work on construction sites, collect scrap, and sell vegetables and fruits to make ends meet for their families. In winter, though, the refugees face severe unemployment, making life even harder.