I Feel No Peace
Rohingya Fleeing Over Seas and Rivers
A vivid, powerful portrayal of the Rohingya in exile, from an award-winning reporter.
Rohingya men, women and children have been fleeing their homes for forty years. The tipping point came in August 2017, when almost 700,000 were wrung from Myanmar in a single military operation. Today, very few members of this Muslim minority remain in the country. Instead, they live mostly in Bangladesh’s refugee camps; or precariously in Malaysia, India, Thailand, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere.
With the Rohingya almost entirely in exile, I Feel No Peace is the first book-length exploration of their lives abroad, drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews and long-standing relationships within the diaspora. Kaamil Ahmed speaks to the families of snatched children, and people kidnapped to feed the human trafficking nourished by Rohingya suffering. Most disturbingly, he reveals the complicity of NGOs and the UN in the refugees’ plight.
But Ahmed also uncovers resilience and hope; stories of how a scattered community survives. The lives uncovered in I Feel No Peace are complex, heart-breaking and unforgettable.
‘This book goes to the heart of the eternal and under-reported suffering of the Rohingya. Forced out of what once was Burma and now is Myanmar, most are in exile in Bangladesh and beyond. An important story of our times.’ — Jon Snow, Channel 4 News
‘This is a remarkable and vivid testament to the results of Myanmar’s genocide of the Rohingya. A striking portrait of a people forced on the run—in all their suffering, bravery and determination. A must-read.’ — Azeem Ibrahim, author of The Rohingyas and Authoritarian Century
‘A strikingly urgent and necessary book, giving voice to the world’s most silenced people. A fierce roar of resistance against the greed, racism and violence that have been largely ignored by the global community. This is a book to be read by all.’ — Zana Fraillon, author of The Bone Sparrow
‘Kaamil Ahmed is both a journalist and friend to many Rohingya. This is what makes his book come alive. With great detail, he tells the story of Myanmar’s genocidal attacks, the diverse journeys of many refugees, as well the resilience of the Rohingya people.’ — John Quinley, Senior Human Rights Specialist, Fortify Rights
‘Kaamil Ahmed’s book fills a glaring void in the literature on one of the world’s worst examples of cruelty and dispossession. It promises to bring much-needed attention to the catastrophe of the Rohingya and deserves to be widely read.’ — Christopher Lamb, President, Australia Myanmar Institute
‘Readers wanting to learn about Rohingya refugees and understand the complexity of their current plight will not be disappointed by Ahmed’s book, which provides both personal accounts of the Rohingya’s unfathomable hardships and historical events that contextualise the protracted crisis.’ — Mary Shepard Wong, Professor in the Department of Sociology, Azusa Pacific University, and editor of Teaching for Peace and Social Justice in Myanmar
Kaamil Ahmed is a journalist at The Guardian, covering international development, who previously lived in and reported from Jerusalem, Bangladesh and Turkey. Kaamil was born in East London and studied at Queen Mary University of London. This is his first book.