Hafsa, a young Rohingya girl, lives in a Bangladeshi refugee camp with her mother and little brother. Life isn't easy there, but they struggle by, with the help of kind neighbors and their mother's resourcefulness. One day, Hafsa finds her brother, Hafiz, playing with an old razor. The incident stirs up memories of her life in their homeland of Myanmar, where Hafsa used to play with safe, homemade toys. When Hafiz is curious to know about the home they had left behind, Hafsa and her mother share beautiful memories of their village and family life. This story is part of The Asia Foundation's Gom Acho Collection.
Product Description: Children's illustrated picture book in Bengali
Author: Yasmin Ullah
Illustrator: Rafiuzzaman Rhythom
For ages: 4 to 8 years
About the Author: Yasmin Ullah is a Rohingya human rights activist. She was born in the Northern Rakhine state of Myanmar. Her family fled to Thailand before resetting in Canada in 2011. Details of her previous works such as Time to Act: Rohingya Voices exhibition with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and the Genocide Learning Tool with the Montréal Holocaust Museum can be found on both Museums' sites. Yasmin published her poetry in the Anthology: I Am A Rohingya in 2019, and later in 2021, she was named on the FemiList100, the Gender Security Project list of 100 women from the Global South, working in foreign policy, peacebuilding, law, activism, and development.
About the Illustrator: Rafiuzzaman Rhythom is a Bangladeshi illustrator and animator. From a very young age he was drawn towards cartoons and comics and wanted to become an artist. After getting his BFA and MFA degrees from Faculty of Fine Art, University of Dhaka, he is now living his childhood dreams. He worked in Bangladesh's first 2D animated feature film "Mujib Amar Pita'' as a character designer and animator.