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An audio documentary on the plight of Burmese refugees in Malaysia.

Please Don't Say My Name is an audio documentary produced by Karen Zusman in June 2009 on the plight of Burmese refugees in Malaysia. The refugees tell the story of life in Burma-—why they had to flee-—and why their lives are still at risk in Malaysia. The story exposes a little known fact—-refugees from Burma have been rounded up by a vigilante citizen group known as the Malaysian RELA and sold to human traffickers by some members of the Malaysian Immigration Department. Sad, spirited and sometimes funny, discover how this group of friends share family--like bonds which sustain them in an absurd and cruel circumstance. Covers raids, Buddhist chants, detention camps, and interviews with trafficking victims, leading human rights activists and a UN spokesperson.

Download Karen Zusman on WBAI Radio - 17 Jun 2010  12-07-2010 (3.44 MB)

Duration: 8:35 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 56 KBPS - Frequency: 22050 HZ

Karen Zusman on WBAI Radio - 17 Jun 2010

  • Karen Zusman interviewed on Wakeup Call, WBAI, New York - 99.5 FM Pacifica Radio. 17 Jun 2010


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Download Some resettled, Some still waiting - 8 of 8  08-06-2010 (4.32 MB)

Duration: 7:33 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 80 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

Some resettled, Some still waiting - 8 of 8

  • Kline receives resettlement to the US by the UNHCR. Others continue to wait. Htut Kuang's reflections after 3 years of slavery: "Life is like a river..." Says Irene Fernandez, "Let us not be bystanders. Let us become involved."


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Download From Smiles to Tears - 7 of 8  27-05-2010 (3.88 MB)

Duration: 6:46 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 80 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

From Smiles to Tears - 7 of 8

  • "My tears that all the way flow." More harrowing stories. Jack's girlfriend is arrested. A friend goes to help, and the friend is arrested as well. But smiles too, and laughter. The best food is a little bit sweet.


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Download Human Trafficking - 6 of 8  16-05-2010 (3.96 MB)

Duration: 6:55 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 80 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

Human Trafficking - 6 of 8

  • In this epsiode we hear some of the dreadfully awful details of human trafficking. Regardless of holding a UNHCR identity card the refugees are arrested and sold to traffickers. If you run away, you can be shot and killed on the spot - an example to others.


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Download In Fear of The RELA - 5 of 8  11-05-2010 (3.97 MB)

Duration: 6:56 m - Filetype: mp3 - Bitrate: 80 KBPS - Frequency: 44100 HZ

In Fear of The RELA - 5 of 8

  • The Ikatan Relawan Rakyat Malaysia - more commonly referred to as The RELA - is a citizen group with powers to detain and arrest. In this epsiode we hear about how the RELA contribuites greatly to the injustices faced by refugees in Malaysia.  "It's like headhunting..." We hear from Irene Fernandez and from Kline and Rick. And we listen in live to a RELA raid on Burmese refugees.


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