Anwar Sadek Shah Ahmad, left, sits with with volunteer teacher Haekal Kamarulzaman, 24.

Rohingya refugees find uneasy solace in Malaysia

Updated 0507 GMT (1307 HKT) February 25, 2018

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(CNN)Every weekday morning, about 70 students stream into a house in a quiet neighborhood on Malaysia's Penang Island.

The children are Rohingya refugees and the house is a private school where they learn Malay, English, math and science.
This life is light years away from the one the children left behind in Myanmar.
"People were getting hit and killed and the police were arresting people. My whole village was burned down," 13-year-old Anwar Sadek Shah Ahmad says softly, cowering into his teacher's shoulder.
Anwar and his family fled their fishing village in Myanmar's Rakhine State in 2013 after violence broke out.
His grandmother, he said, only fled Myanmar last year and is now in a refugee camp in Bangladesh, where more than 680,000 Rohingya have fled to since August 2017.
    There are thousands of children like Anwar in Malaysia — he's among the Rohingya refugees who escaped from Rakh