Ramadan behind bars

Over 100 Muslim Rohingyas staying in the Kanchanaburi immigration centre in Thailand are observing the first day of the holy month of Ramadan.

During Ramadan Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from dawn until dusk and Thai authorities at the detention centre are helping the people with clean clothes and halal food, saying everyone has the right to their own religion.

The men at the centre illegally arrived in Thailand in January, after fleeing the bloody conflict between Buddhists and Muslims in western Burma’s Arakan state in boats.

Their future remains uncertain as they do not know how long they have to stay in the centre’s cramped conditions, or when they will see their families again.

 

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