Privilege is not an uncommon term among us but definitely, its essence is not felt by the refugee community. Being a former Rohingya refugee, Mr. Sujauddin is now devoted to help the refugee community who have fled their homelands due to prosecutions, wars, political unrest etc. He has seen it all by being at different points on the spectrum and he is dreaded to see anyone in a place unimaginable by us, the privileged. By having his own organization, Elom Initiatives, he is able to reach out to refugees and provide them with the fundamental human rights that will empower them to be productive members of the hosting society. Through his TEDx talk, you would know what it takes to be a refugee in today’s world and perhaps, you would change the way you see them. He is a former Rohingya refugee, now Australian citizen who is devoted to help the refugee community to strive for a better life. This had led him to become the founder and director of Elom Initiatives and Elom Community Center.
Elom Initiatives is a refugee community-based organisation that aims to support the refugee community in Malaysia. Elom envisions a society where refugees’ basic human rights will be recognized and enforced, by empowering refugees to become productive members of the hosting society.
Fun fact, “Elom” translates to “knowledge & education” in the Rohingya language. Building on the adage “knowledge is power”, all Elom Initiatives’ projects have a learning element in which participants have the opportunity to improve their knowledge with respect to a specific skill or issue. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx