Multi-vocal voices of refugees: a case study of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Suban Kumar Chowdhury, Anne Keary, Andrea Reupert, Eisuke Saito

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    Abstract

    The inflow of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar experiencing trauma and torture is a major global issue. This article explores relationships with local communities as they are represented in the multi-vocal voices of Rohingya refugees. Interviews and focus groups were conducted with a group of Rohingya refugees based in the Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh along with observations of camp life. Twenty participants were interviewed. The observations provide insights into the feelings of anxiety among the Rohingya refugees. Yet, the findings also suggest that the refugees hold out hope that in Bangladesh they will find a sense of belonging. The study draws on Bakhtin’s notion of heteroglossia as positioned through sociological discourse, to reflect the social experiences of refugee young people and their families. The intent of the article is to open up, rather than to close off engagement with the issue – furthering awareness and possible actions to be taken.

    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages19
    JournalInternational Sociology
    DOIs
    Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

    Keywords

    • Anguish
    • refugee
    • Rohingya
    • settlement
    • victimisation

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