Mohammed Rafique is a member of the persecuted Rohingya community. He was born in Rakhine State’s capital Sittwe, Myanmar.
At the age of 10, he was among over 250,000 Rohingya who was forced to flee into neighbouring Bangladesh during Myanmar Junta’s “Operation Clean Nation” in 1991-2.
He spent over 17 years in various refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, mostly in registered Kutupalong Refugee Camp along with his family.
He, along with his wife and 8-month-old daughter Jamalida, was resettled to Carlow, the Republic of Ireland in 2009 under Refugee Resettlement Programme jointly coordinated by the Irish government and UNHCR.
He plays an instrumental role in the inclusion and integration of over 70 newly-arrived Rohingya in Ireland. The Rohingya community in Ireland has been considered the most successful resettlement programme in Ireland. The community also released the first of its kind report highlighting a decade of the journey from being rendered stateless to proud Irish citizens.
He has visited refugee camps in Bangladesh and exhibited his photographs across the world highlighting the plight and dire situations of Rohingya refugees.
Mr Rafique who serves as Chairman of Carlow Cricket Club is a major role along with his fellow Rohingya youths in the reestablishment of Ireland’s oldest cricket club in 2011 bringing many trophies and successes.
He is also co-founder and chairperson of Rohingya Action Ireland, a community development organisation founded to highlight cultural, social and political rights of Rohingya, and explore in empowering social justice, gender equality and inclusion.
Under umbrella organisation – the European Rohingya Council, Mr Rafique serves as media secretary. And also he cofounded Rohingya media outlet – The Rohingya Post.