A Message from the Author:
This book was dedicated to the late Basher Ahmed, a prominent figure in the Rohingya community and a key individual in the creation of Books Unbound. I wrote this book from the perspective of his grandson, Joshim, who fled Myanmar with his mother and siblings at the age of 4. He doesn’t remember the journey of leaving his home, but is reminded of the story by his mother and older siblings — and now through this book.
I met Basher Ahmed in the refugee camps in Bangladesh after connecting with his daughter in the United States. I will never forget the moment he shared his family photo with me – the last photo his family will ever take together.
That moment inspired me to travel and connect with his family in Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh, The Netherlands, and the US.
Basher Ahmed passed away at the end of 2020. His family has played a significant role in my life. As I continue to follow their journey, I continue to be challenged, inspired, and gain more clarity on what truly matters in life.