Rohingya men, women and children have been fleeing from their homes for forty years. The tipping point came in August 2017, when almost 700,000 were wrung from Myanmar in a single military operation. There are now very few members of this Muslim minority left in the country. Instead, they live mostly in Bangladesh's refugee camps; or precariously in Malaysia, India, Saudi Arabia and scatterings elsewhere. With the Rohingya almost entirely in exile, 'I Feel No Peace' is the first book-length exploration of what their existence abroad looks like. Journalist Kaamil Ahmed draws on hundreds of hours of interviews, and on relationships that he has built over years with Rohingya in Bangladesh, Malaysia, Thailand and throughout the diaspora. He speaks to families who have had their children snatched, and people kidnapped to feed a system of human trafficking that is nourished by the community's suffering. Among the most disturbing and under-reported of his revelations is the complicit role of the UN and NGOs in the plight of the Rohingya. But Ahmed also describes stories of resilience and hope, painting a nuanced picture of how a scattered community survives. The characters of 'I Feel No Peace' are complex, heart-breaking and unforgettable.
Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
'As Mr. Ahmed observes with heart-rending eloquence, the Rohingya have been, since 1982, a species of non-people in Myanmar … To read Mr. Ahmed’s invaluable book is to become overwhelmed with dread for the Rohingya.'
'['I Feel No Peace'] is effective at placing the recent exodus of Rohingya in its historical position: as something that had happened multiple times before, and will likely happen again. [...] [It is an] antidote for those who had any doubt of the inequality, desperation and injustice that characterises how the world treats refugees: silencing their voices and thereby making it easier to degrade them, and even ignore mounting death tolls.'
'In prose that brims with empathy and humanity, Ahmed zooms in on individual lives to explain the breadth of this people's struggles.'
'An in-depth exploration of the Rohingya in exile, their exploitation, quests for justice, and the apparent failures of world bodies such as the United Nations to protect them.'
'An impressive mix of history, political analysis and extensive reportage from Myanmar, Bangladesh and Malaysia... The book gives a human angle to the refugee crisis and Ahmed's often tender portrayal, combined with a rightful anger for their treatment, is a must read.'
'Ahmed's beautifully written... book weaves together the stories of Rohingya people who are not just buffeted by tragedy but are also agents in a struggle for justice... 'I Feel No Peace' is the opposite of the superficial glosses from reporters who dip into refugee camps for a few days.'
'A moving account of the persecution, the suffering of Rohingya people, and their quest for justice and a dignified life in exile... The book lends a much-needed voice to the world's most silenced people.'
‘An extraordinary – and depressing – picture of the Rohingya’s recent history … One book cannot solve the problem, but this one will help the reader understand it at the human level.’
'This book goes to the heart of the eternal and under-reported suffering of the Rohingya. Forced out of what once was Burma and now is Myanmar, most are in exile in Bangladesh and beyond. An important story of our times.'
'This book paints a deep, complicated and appalling picture: of one million people who have fled danger but now face immense risks from those they thought would protect them. While documenting the harm done by the UN and the Bangladeshi state, Ahmed humanises those normally dehumanised--the refugees.'
'A haunting and poetic, yet incisive and grounded, account of the tragedies that have befallen the Rohingya, of the realities of a people living almost entirely in exile, and of their struggles to maintain dignity and hope in the face of persecution and betrayal.'
'"I Feel No Peace" is a tender, forensic, harrowing and beautifully human portrait of the Rohingya, a people persecuted beyond measure. Ahmed has produced an exceptional work of journalism which promises to inspire change for the better.'
'This is a remarkable and vivid testament to the results of Myanmar's genocide of the Rohingya. A striking portrait of a people forced on the run--in all their suffering, bravery and determination. A must-read.'
'A strikingly urgent and necessary book, giving voice to the world's most silenced people. A fierce roar of resistance against the greed, racism and violence that have been largely ignored by the global community. This is a book to be read by all.'
'Kaamil Ahmed is both a journalist and friend to many Rohingya. This is what makes his book come alive. With great detail, he tells the story of Myanmar's genocidal attacks, the diverse journeys of many refugees, as well the resilience of the Rohingya people.'
'Kaamil Ahmed's book fills a glaring void in the literature on one of the world's worst examples of cruelty and dispossession. It promises to bring much-needed attention to the catastrophe of the Rohingya and deserves to be widely read.'
'Readers wanting to learn about Rohingya refugees and understand the complexity of their current plight will not be disappointed by Ahmed's book, which provides both personal accounts of the Rohingya's unfathomable hardships and historical events that contextualise the protracted crisis.'