September 22, 2022

Rohingya Diaspora in the U.S.

This project includes interviews with Rohingya people of various ages living in the U.S. Two organizations established by the Rohingya people, the Rohingya Cultural Center of Chicago (RCC) and the Rohingya American Society (RAS) are cultural centers at the heart of the Rohingya communities in Chicago and Milwaukee.
September 22, 2022

Refugees from Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya community find sanctuary and solace at a cultural center in Chicago

A dozen primary school-aged children sit around desks taking instruction from their tutors, local college students who volunteer as English language teachers at the Rohingya Culture Center in Chicago.
September 22, 2022

Adjusting to New Lives, Chicago’s Rohingya Look to Aid Those Still in Myanmar

There are now approximately 1,500 Rohingya living in Chicago’s north side, according to the Rohingya Culture Center (RCC), an organization that helps the refugees settle into the city.
September 22, 2022

The Rohingya Who Made It to Chicago

The Rohingya people are desperately escaping Myanmar, the country where they have faced persecution for generations. The situation now borders on genocide and more than 500,000 have fled just in the past few months.
September 22, 2022

Rashid Ahmed’s Family Fled Persecution In Myanmar. Now, He Is Chicago’s First Rohingya Refugee To Graduate College

Ahmed is the first person of Rohingya descent in Chicago to graduate with a degree in higher education, said Sarah Pajeau, program director at the Rohingya Culture Center.
December 12, 2021

Rohingya refugees sue Facebook for $150B

Rohingya refugees from Myanmar are suing Facebook for $150 billion over allegations that the platform failed to act against anti-Rohingya hate speech that fueled real-world violence against the group in the region, according to a complaint filed Monday. Refugees in the U.S. filed the case in California superior court, and Rohingya...
December 12, 2021

Rohingya sue Facebook for £150bn over Myanmar genocide

Facebook’s negligence facilitated the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar after the social media network’s algorithms amplified hate speech and the platform failed to take down inflammatory posts, according to legal action launched in the US and the UK. The platform faces compensation claims worth more than £150bn under the coordinated move...
December 20, 2020

Rohingya American voters ‘grateful,’ ‘excited’ to cast ballots for the first time in Chicago

CHICAGO (RNS) — About a dozen Rohingya refugees voted for the first time Tuesday (Oct. 20) at an early voting site in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. It wasn’t just the first time they voted as United States citizens. It was the first time they’d ever voted, period.
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 12, 2020

Stripped of citizenship in Myanmar, Rohingya immigrants find new home in Chicago — and a chance to vote for the first time

Chicago is now home to about 2,000 Rohingya, making it the largest Rohingya population in the United States.
December 12, 2020

Hopeful Rogers Park Rohingya Vote in First Presidential Election

The journey from refugee to registered voter isn’t always an easy one. But this past October, more than a dozen Rohingya-Americans completed it when they cast their ballots for the first time in the 2020 U.S. general election. Those Rohingya refugees took a van to vote at the Warren Park..
September 8, 2020

Rohingya Resettlement During a Pandemic

September 8, 2020 In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the terrible toll it’s taken on the the city of Chicago and especially on it’s black and brown residents, there’s one population whose plight has been severely exacerbated by the virus and yet who’s been virtually absent from the..