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Story Publication logo January 26, 2019

Rohingya Refugees Create Music to Memorialize Culture for Future Generations

Rohingya wait in a queue in Cox's Bazar. Image by Sk Hasan Ali / Bangladesh, 2017.

Before the genocide, Myanmar’s military spent years dismantling Rohingya culture as part of its...

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Rohingya Muslims fled Myanmar in 2016-7 en masse following the government's crackdown on their communities in the Rakhine State. Many of them sought refuge in neighboring Bangladesh, where today, several people are writing and performing music commemorating their shared history and lamenting the loss of their land, all to preserve their distinct cultural heritage for future generations who will likely grow up outside their traditional homeland. Pulitzer Center grantee Sasha Ingber joined NPR to discuss Rohingya musicians, their work, and the difficulties they continue to face while sharing their stories.



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