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From Fear to Freedom : Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh

Vidhyaa chandramohan | Bangladesh

"Rohingya’s Trade inside the camp"

Trading in a host of goods and services keeps the Rohingya going, ranging from live chicken to haircuts to a host of labor jobs. Running their small businesses has resulted in forging new friendships, learning art, sending their children to school with the support of NGOs, even finding life partners.

Adbul, who does haircuts for a living in a refugee camp, was part of an earlier exodus of over 200,000 Rohingya after the brutal army-ordered purge that year.

Abdul says the new-found freedom has come at a price. He revealed in an interview given to me that his people had been forced to abandon their loved ones besides everything they owned in the Rakhine region that was once their home.

Many are still traumatized by what they have experienced — most have no idea of the future that awaits them, Abdul adds, as he waits for his next customer.

Abdul is thankful that they experience safety and intellectual freedom, albeit weighed down by emotional distress that displacement brings. He reveals that the Rohingya refugees pine for a return to normal lives in their homeland, but which in the same breath, he adds, remains a pipe dream.

Rohingya share stories during my visit to Bangladeshi Refugee camp, witnessed hearing the horror, loss and hope of recovery. Interviewed Rohingya’s who fled to Bangladesh said, we fled the country with fear to save our children and lives. We came here to find freedom. We feel we’re safe here. This series shows how they make settlement after Rohingya's move to Bangladesh and how they starting their new live without knowing the future.

The persecution of the Rohingya — Myanmar’s religious and ethnic minority community — dates back to 1948, the year in which the country achieved independence from their British colonizers.

Ever since, repeated pleas for a promised autonomous state, have been contemptuously rejected. On the contrary, inhuman barbarism heaped on the Rohingya — consistently classified as “illegal migrants” by successive Myanmar governments — has increased, with 2017 witnessing the high point of barbarism unleashed by the Myanmar military. Over 700,000 Rohingya then fled to neighboring Bangladesh.

Commissioned Photographer based in Abu Dhabi, UAE. graduated Diploma in Photography Project in collaboration with Danish Media, World Photo Press and Noor images at Amsterdam which stimulated her to work on documentary projects where her projects to bring feelings into images and always believe photograph motivate and make others to think and react.

My projects mainly focus on women, human rights and identity, I dedicate myself to work on these issue and currently working on Motherhood and Childhood Separation in UAE and Under and Young Girls marriage with Older man in Rohingya Community,Bangaldesh.



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