#WATWB: The Man Reuniting Rohingya Families

Posted: 2017/11/24 in Blogging
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When war breaks out in a country, families scatter and sometimes remain separated for years on end. It is traumatizing to lose loved ones without knowing their actual fate. The suspense due to the loss and the subsequent sense of emptiness can be devastating to an individual and can leave them in a constant state of despair.

The recent exodus of the Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar into Bangladesh has created such a situation. Fleeing persecution and genocide from home, the Rohingyas have lost not only their livelihoods but also their children.

They are currently in a refugee camp in Bangladesh where one man, KAMAL HUSSEIN, helps them reunite with their lost children.

Kamal himself fled Myanmar into Bangladesh when he was nine years old in the 1990’s. He was sheltered by a kind family before his parents found him six months later. His parents had thought he was dead. He had missed them so much, and he had caused them so much pain, that the memory of those days continue to inspire him to help desperate parents find their lost children.

He has so far reunited 700 children with their families. He has a booth and a megaphone which he uses to search for the missing children. He also protects the children from  suspicious people who falsely claim them. He has a paying job but he volunteers to search for the children during his free time.

He says: “I want to keep on doing this as long as I can. I mean, I have been through the same experience. Reuniting other families helps me forget the pain that I went through. This work is the most important thing in my life.”

Kamal’s full story can be found here.

Kamal Hussein

Photo Courtesy of BBC

This is the ninth celebration of the WE ARE THE WORLD BLOGFEST #WATWB which is carried out every last Friday of the month, and which aims to spread love and positiveness in this vulnerable world. A celebration of heroes who can still restore our faith in humanity, especially in this period when our world seems to be full of endless series of horrible happenings.

Our generous co-hosts for this month are:   Damyanti Biswas, Sylvia Stein, Susan Scott, Inderpreet Uppal, Shilpa Garg, and Andrea Michaels.


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  1. Keep your post to below 500 words, as much as possible.
  2. All we ask is you link to a human news story on your blog on the last Friday of each month, one that shows love, humanity, and brotherhood. Something like this news  about a man who only fosters terminally ill children.
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  1. What an incredible story. Family is everything to me I can’t imagine going through what so many have to endure. Kamal has taken such a traumatic experience in his life and used it to motivate him to help others. Thank you so much for sharing this! #WATWB

  2. simonfalk28 says:

    It’s so good of Kamal to be assisting these families in care and reunion in the face of such horrible circumstances. Thanks for sharing this Peter.

  3. Peter Nena says:

    Thank you Simon. His story is worth resharing

  4. The Rohingya crisis is unbelievably sad.
    Kamal has done an amazing job by reuniting 700 children with their families…a beacon of hope for so many who have suffered…
    Thank you, Peter.

    Writer In Transit

  5. dweezer19 says:

    There really are some truly amazing people in the world. Thank youu fotintrofucing us to this one. Overcoming adversity is amazing in and of itself; but when one uses that experience to help others the victory becomes a gift.

  6. Susan Scott says:

    An extraordinary man Peter, thank you for sharing this story of Kamal Hussein’s efforts to place missing children with their families. The Rohingya tragedy that continues to unfold is lightened meaningfully by Kamal Hussein’s actions. May he be forever blessed. As he says, he himself experienced the pain of fleeing Myanmar and the work he is doing now is the most important work of his life.

    • Peter Nena says:

      Thank you Susan. When humanity triumphs, it touches us all and the world is made better. Kamal is a light in this world. Thank you for cohosting the #WATWB.

  7. JoAnna says:

    He is a true hero. Thank you for sharing this.

  8. dweezer19 says:

    How wonderful. He.ping and healing always go hand in hand..

  9. another incredible story Peter ( sorry I’m so late). I read about this man too. I’m so glad you have written about another quiet hero. We must keep looking for the light. It is out there!!

  10. GP Cox says:

    You kinda disappeared from view, so I had to drop by and say….

    • Peter Nena says:

      Happy New Year to you, too. And thank you so much. I’m alive. I write less and less these days, though. I’ll try to get back to it. Thanks.

  11. hilarymb says:

    Hi Peter – thank you for highlighting Hassam … I’d heard about him, so to see you write his story up for the #WAWTB is a great idea … his story is heartbreaking,but thankfully warming, yet from that he brings hope and love to others and ultimately to their families … thank you – Hilary

    • Peter Nena says:

      Thank you, Hilary. Happy New Year! Glad to hear from you in 2018. I didn’t post a #WATWB story for January due to a personal situation but I will continue posting every end month henceforth. Thank you for visiting.

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