15-day walk to safety
Yasmin was forced to make the gruelling 15-day journey on foot to Bangladesh pregnant and with her two young children after her village in Myanmar was burnt down. She had just lost her husband and two sons who were murdered by the Myanmar military.
“I was pregnant, so it was very hard,” she said.
“When I left my village, I didn’t believe any of us would survive.”
Yasmin and her two children would often travel at night. Her four-year-old daughter, Janat, would walk beside her while she carried her three-year-old boy, Shahed, in her scarf trying to keep him quiet.
Now in Shamlapur refugee camp in Bangladesh, Yasmin is still worried as she lives alone with her children and newborn baby boy, Mahiyam. “Any man can hurt me,” she said. The 23-year-old mother and widow hopes her son will be educated, strong and successful. She says this will help her find forgiveness for what happened in Myanmar.