Abdus is a man in his twenties. Along with his older brother, Salim, Abdus has attempted to find gainful employment and start a new life in a number of countries as he is a member of the Rohingya tribe continually persecuted by the Burmese government. When the money their father provided to put them through high school in Bangladesh ran out, the brothers completed their education on their own. Both speak fluent English and are proficient in IT.
Abdus is the taller, flightier of the two. Due to a processing quirk, Abdus has been given work rights, and is now the sole breadwinner – a role reversal, as Salim used to be the main provider.
“He called my mother, because my mum knows I can never cook. She knows that I can’t even make an egg also. She said, ‘Hey, I heard something about you.’”
Running out of places to go
“I don’t have a country. Burma don’t take me as their people. Bangladesh is not taking me as their people. I don’t have anywhere I can say, ‘I’m from this country.’”