Noor Kajol’s big dreams

Noor Kajol’s big dreams

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Posted
8/23/18
By
Evelin Jaita Karmakar

Noor Kajol likes to stay busy. The 12-year-old fills her days studying Arabic, playing games with friends, and making art. A refugee from Myanmar now living in a CARE-managed camp in Bangladesh, she left Myanmar with her family a year ago in the wave of hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing extreme violence in the country. She has two older sisters and three younger brothers and, unlike so many of children at the camp, her parents are still alive.  

Her family lives in a small shelter at the camp with no electricity. And although the shelters are hot and become weak after rains, Noor Kajol says this is a better way to live. In Bangladesh she’s able to continue her schooling, roam around freely, play, and draw whatever she likes. She realizes that had she stayed in Myanmar, she may not have survived, let alone fulfill her dream of becoming a pharmacist.  

“Girls who complete 10th grade can work in pharmacies. I also want to work in a pharmacy, or become a doctor if possible,” she says.  

Many girls, including Noor Kajol, witnessed atrocities such as rape and violent deaths in Myanmar. Many have lost their parents and now live as orphans in the camps. But life in Bangladesh gives Noor Kajol hope. She’s holding onto her dream of becoming a doctor or working in a pharmacy.  

”When we arrived in Bangladesh, we were very scared as this was a new and unknown place, but now I feel happy that I can study and play here with no fear.”  

A refugee from Myanmar now living in a CARE-managed camp in Bangladesh, Noor Kajol fills her days studying Arabic, playing games with friends, and making art. Photo credit: Nusrat Daud Pritha/CARE 

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