Burma Times Correspondent: August 06, 2015
As the water reached to their necks, the two brothers holding each other waded through it, escaping for dear life. They ended up holding a tree, as the water kept increasing, rushing around them with full force threatening to take them away.
15 year Rafique and ten year Rashid from Sakkya Ywa of Min Pya were as close as brothers could be. Rafique could have left his younger brother behind and saved his own life as he was a strong swimmer but in his mind that was out of the question. The bigger brother had looked after the little one for the last decade and they had always been inseparable in the best and worst of times.
As they cried for help, a group of Rakhine men passed them by but would not help them. Then the water current grew stronger, the younger brother panicked and began to move to another tree. Rafique cried out but by then Rashid was gone with the water.
Around two hours later, a group of Rohingyas came and rescued Rashid. But Rashid is heartbroken. He has stopped eating, he has stopped talking and he has stopped living. He only cries for the little brother he had loved for the last ten years, a brother who would not come back.