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Booked Out:First They Erased Our Name Event – with Habiburahman & Gregory Day
August 24, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Meet Habiburahman and hear him speak on the situation in Burma at our special combined bookshop- AIRAR event (Aireys Inlet Rural Australians for Refugees)
Door Donation to AIRAR: $10.00 p.p.
Wine and nibbles provided.
All proceeds of book sales of First They Erased Our Name will be donated to AIRAR.
Habiburahman was born in 1979 and raised in a small village in western Burma. When he was three years old, the country’s military leader declared that his people, the Rohingya, were not one of the 135 recognised ethnic groups that formed the eight‘national races’. He was left stateless in his own country.
Habiburahman now lives and works as an interpreter and social worker in Melbourne, Australia. He founded the Australian Burmese Rohingya Organization to advocate for his community.
More about ‘First They Erased Our Name’…
For the first time, a Rohingya speaks up to expose the persecution facing his people.
‘I am three years old and will have to grow up with the hostility of others. I am already an outlaw in my own country, an outlaw in the world. I am three years old, and I don’t yet know that I am stateless.’
Since 1982, millions of Rohingya have had to flee their homes as a result of extreme prejudice and persecution. In 2016 and 2017, the government intensified the process of ethnic cleansing, and over 600,000 Rohingya people were forced to cross the border into Bangladesh.
Here, for the first time, a Rohingya speaks up to expose the truth behind this global humanitarian crisis. Through the eyes of a child, we learn about the historic persecution of the Rohingya people and witness the violence Habiburahman endured throughout his life until he escaped the country in 2000.
First, They Erased Our Name is an urgent, moving memoir about what it feels like to be repressed in one’s own country and a refugee in others. It gives voice to the voiceless.
‘This is the gripping, chilling inside story of the incubation of a genocide … Habib’s moving family history emerges as a powerful and, to my knowledge, unique historical document. His compelling storytelling relates how playground prejudice against the Muslim Rohingya of Arakan escalated into pogroms, terror, and apartheid … Incredible.’
JONATHAN MILLER, FOREIGN AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT, CHANNEL 4 NEWS