50 gather at Victoria Park for Rohingya Genocide Remembrance Day on August 25

KITCHENER — This year marked the third year since the Rohingya genocide in Myanmar, (otherwise known as Burma). Roughly 50 people gathered at the Victoria Park clocktower on August 25, 2020 to remember the people who have been persecuted and killed amidst the Rohingya crisis in Burma for the past 40 plus years.

A speaker at the event talked about how lucky he is to be in Canada and stated how they’re privileged compared to their people back home in Myanmar.

“Even in quarantine, you press a couple buttons on your phone and you have groceries at your door, but over there (in Myanmar) it’s not that easy,” said Ahmed Ramadan, a speaker at the event.

Farid Ullah, a speaker at the event spoke about his first moments coming to Canada. His parents were born in Myanmar and escaped the persecution.

“Welcome to Canada … believe me on that moment, how I felt. I escaped from my own country … leaving your own home. Kicked out of my own country,” he said.

When Ullah first came to Kitchener-Waterloo (K-W) he said people were so generous, that it felt like a paradise compared to back home.

“And it only happened because this wonderful country has done so much for me,” said Ullah.

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