“When I was on this trip in Malaysia, my eyes were opened again to another issue that I wasn’t aware of: the plight of refugees.

“There’s about one million in Malaysia. Many come from Burma, fleeing violence.”

Kooman read the Rotarians a reflection he wrote about his experiences, which serve as the basis for a book of short stories and photographs set for publication in the next few months.

He talked about travelling around visiting refugees, often in secret as they hid from police, and the violations of human rights they had experienced.

Read the rest of Matthew Gauk’s story.