How Rohingya refugees are protesting with lyrical poetry


The Rohingya people have a longstanding tradition of performing "Taranas," a form of lyrical poetry, using it as a musical expression to convey the themes of personal tragedies. Lately, Rohingya refugee-musicians in Bangladesh have been composing Taranas that reflect their grim reality – writing about lives lost and singing about their desire to return to Rakhine, Myanmar. These Taranas are increasingly used during protest rallies in refugee camps to express their growing frustration.