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Every Rohingya refugee has a story to tell
19-year-old Fatima left her home in Myanmar's Rakhine province with the hope of a much better life. However, once she reached India, she was sold by an associate agent to a person of her father's age.

In last year's violence in Rakhine province of Myanmar, 6.6 million individuals fled to neighbouring countries, whereas forty thousand Rohingya Muslims illegally crossed into India.

The Central government of India has called Rohingya Muslims a threat to the internal security of the country. The government of India wants to send them back to Myanmar. At present, the matter is pending in the Supreme Court of India.

Fatima's husband left her last month after exploiting her. At that time she was about to become the mother of his child. Fatima says, "His age would be less than my father's age, he beats me with electric wires and did not let me go outside, he used to say that I bought you in 20 thousand rupees."

Fatima, now 25, further adds, "In my hometown, there was no food to eat at home then my mother thought that if I go to my father in India then it will be a good decision for my future. But one of my relatives in the camp sold me to an agent."

Now Fatima lives in a hut made of tin and plastic sheets in a Rohingya camp at Mewat near Delhi with her daughter. She is in touch with her mother in Myanmar. She says, "I work in homes as a servant and earn 1200 rupees a month, but if I go back to my mother, who will feed my daughter?"

The cases of the bonded labour of Rohingya people or them being pushed into prostitution have increased. Last year, many girls were sold in India through human trafficking to serve as sex slaves.

"There is no room for us to live here. Earlier I had a roof over our head and my husband used to provide food too," said Fatima, also adding, "The Indian citizens can demand compensation, land, and housing from the government. But I cannot do that either there's an opportunity for legal action on myself for entering India crossing the border illegally."

"More people come every other month, there is land to build camps, but there is no arrangement for bamboo and plastic to build a hut," she further said.

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