Justice for Alex Nieto, Justice for Mario Woods

Losing a child is one of the most difficult things that could happen to a parent.  Finding out that one’s child was murdered unjustifiably by the very people who have sworn to serve and protect the community is unthinkable for most.  For San Francisco’s Gwen Woods and Elvira and Refugio Nieto, it is a cold reality.  Both of their young sons were gunned down in a barrage of bullets by the San Francisco Police Department. City College criminal justice student Alex Nieto was sitting in Bernal Hill Park near the house he grew up in.  He was eating a burrito before …

Shamalapur

Midway between the resort town of Cox’s Bazaar and Teknaf in southeastern Bangladesh lies Shamalapur.  Near the picturesque shores of the Bay of Bengal there are roughly 25,000 unregistered Rohingya refugees from Rakhine State, Myanmar living in a forest with no aid from the outside world.  A small portion of the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya living in Bangladesh are registered and living in one of two official camps, Nayapara or Kutupalong.  A larger percentage of Rohingya are living in makeshift camps like Shamalapur.  Some have lived here for decades.  Some came after outbreaks of violence in Myanmar left their homes and businesses destroyed …

Leda

Written by:  Anar Ahammed (originally from Buthidaung Township.  Rakhine State, Myanmar) On my first day at Leda, it was quite strange and unusual as it was the first day of my life at a refugee camp. At day time I wondered around the camp and looked around the temporary teaching institutes and then I was introduced with different level people like teachers, religious teachers, camp’s authority, and elderly people of the camp. I found that most of the its residents were uneducated, men were strolling without doing anything, youths were passing the times gossip in a shop, many families were going through starvation, …

Teknaf

At the Southeast tip of the Cox’s Bazaar District of Bangladesh’s Chittagong Division lies the town of Teknaf.  The area is known as a smuggling town.  Yaba (meth), alcohol and humans make their way into Bangladesh illegally through the region.  With it’s proximity to the Bay of Bengal and the Myanmar border, there are many opportunities for goods and people to come and go.  The Naf River divides Bangladesh from neighboring Myanmar’s Northern Rakhine State, home to the highly persecuted stateless Muslim minority the Rohingya.  Over the last several decades hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled their home country, crossed …