May 11, 2020

Coronavirus shutdown threatens Chicago’s Rohingya cultural centre

11 May 2020 Coronavirus crisis forces the centre to cancel Ramadan fundraiser and puts the community it serves in dire straits. Chicago, Illinois – Ramadan for Chicago’s only Rohingya Culture Center is not just a time for prayer, community and service, but also a time for survival. Every year, the centre, located in the...
January 14, 2019

Rohingya refugees rebuilding their lives in Chicago

Jan. 24, 2019 Chicago has one of the largest number of Rohingya refugees to have been resettled in the United States. More than 1,600 Rohingya are based in Chicago, having spent years in Malaysia after fleeing persecution and violence in Myanmar in the 1990s and 2000s.
May 8, 2018

Chicago Red Cross Global Citizenship Hero 2018: Nasir Bin Zakaria

May. 08, 2018 Nasir Bin Zakaria was inspired by his personal experience to help fellow refugees. At 14-years-old, Nasir was forced to leave his family and flee from Myanmar. Twenty-three years later, he was granted refugee status and arrived in Chicago.
May 4, 2018

Rohingya Refugees

May. 04, 2018 When Aisyah Salamutallah stepped off an airplane onto U.S. soil in October 2016, she was greeted with blast of cold air. “I really happy,” she recalled. After fleeing discrimination in Burma as a child, then living without legal status in Malaysia for more than 30 years, Salamutallah
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...
December 17, 2017

Web Extra: Rohingya Find New Life in Chicago

Dec. 11, 2017 As they flee persecution in Southeast Asia, Chicago has become home to the largest population of Rohingya Muslims in the U.S. Paris Schutz has this report.
November 29, 2017

Rohingya culture center in West Ridge offers comfort amidst crisis

Nov. 29, 2017 CHICAGO (WLS) — Tragic images from Myanmar are difficult to watch. They show the plight of the Rohingya people, described by ABC News as a Muslim minority in the country also known as Burma. The Rohingya were stripped of citizenship by Myanmar’s government in 1982, though they’ve..
November 11, 2017

North Side cultural center unites Rohingya refugees together

Nov. 28, 2017 Nasir Zakaria is one of hundreds of Rohingya, a stateless Indo-Aryan people from the Rakhine State, Myanmar, who found refuge in Chicago’s North Side. After immigrating to the U.S. from Myanmar in 2013 and settling in Rogers Park, Zakaria said he could not sit idly while his...
November 4, 2017

Rohingya who fled Myanmar find refuge in Chicago

Nov. 4, 2017 Muslim Rohingya who escaped deadly violence and persecution in Myanmar have found new homes in the United States. Muslim Rohingya who escaped deadly violence and persecution in Myanmar have found new homes in the United States. One of the largest concentrations of Rohingya is in the US city of Chicago.
October 18, 2017

Rohingya Expatriates Push US Lawmakers to Act on Myanmar

Oct. 18, 2017 CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – Although he hasn’t seen his home country in more than a decade, modern technology has made it easy for Abdul Jabbar Amanullah to stay in regular contact with his family in Myanmar’s remote Rakhine state. Using email and social media to interact with loved...
September 29, 2017

Refugees Fleeing Ethnic Cleansing in Burma Are About to Get Even Less Help From the US

SEP. 29, 2017 The phone rang, and Nasir Bin Zakaria jolted awake. It was almost 2 a.m. on Tuesday, and the 40-year-old community leader had gone to bed only an hour earlier. The streets outside his apartment in downtown Chicago were quiet. “Hello?” The men on the line sounded panicked.
October 11, 2016

Persecuted Rohingya community find sanctuary and solace at a cultural center in Chicago

Oct. 11, 2016 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. Zakaria, who works full-time as the director of the center, fought tirelessly to create this space for refugees.