December 12, 2020

Rohingya Americans in Chicago venture out to local polling place en masse to cast their first-ever general election votes: ‘Really I’m so grateful’

In the seven years he’s lived in America, Nasir Zakaria has hardly felt as grateful as he did Tuesday waiting at the Warren Park polling site in Rogers Park to cast his first-ever vote in his lifetime, he said. “Really I’m so grateful for country of United States,” Zakaria, a...
December 26, 2017

Rohingya refugees in Chicago face stress, anxiety after escaping horrors in Myanmar

Dec. 26, 2017 Hasan Korimullah was 8, maybe 9, when he saw his mother hacked to death. The pair had been on a shopping trip near their home in Myanmar when two men jumped out of the bushes with machetes, he said. Hasan took off running, eventually escaping, while his...
April 15, 2016

Persecuted Rohingya Muslims find rare refuge in Chicago

April. 15, 2016 For the majority of his life, Nasir Bin Zakaria was a citizen of nowhere. He was 14 when he was kidnapped by militants at a bazaar in west Myanmar. “Kalah,” they hissed at him, a racial slur used toward Rohingya — the ethnic Muslim minority residing among...