Abul Foyaz Abdul Hakim, an ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar and living in Malaysia, sits in his living room with his family at their house in Kuala Lumpur

 
Abul Foyaz Abdul Hakim, an ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar and living in Malaysia, sits in his living room with his family at their house in Kuala Lumpur
Abul Foyaz Abdul Hakim, an ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar and living in Malaysia, sits in his living room with his family at their house in Kuala Lumpur May 31, 2012. Abul Foyaz came to Malaysia 18 years ago, got married and raised his children in Malaysia. The Rohingya in Myanmar are usually landless as well as stateless, and scratch a living from low-paid casual labor. During the so-called "sailing season" between monsoons, thousands of Rohingya attempt to cross the Bay of Bengal in small, ramshackle fishing boats. Their destination: Muslim-majority Malaysia, where thousands of Rohingya work, mostly illegally. Every year up to 40 villagers head out to sea on Malaysia-bound boats. They each pay about 200,000 kyat, or $250, a small fortune by local standards. But the extended Rohingya families who raise the sum regard it as an investment. Picture taken May 31, 2012. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad (MALAYSIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION CONFLICT)