Pow­er­ful pic­tures re­veal Ro­hingya refugees’ plight

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A POW­ER­FUL pho­tog­ra­phy ex­hi­bi­tion doc­u­ment­ing the plight of Ro­hingya refugees in Bangladesh is to open at Edge Hill Univer­sity.

Amnesty In­ter­na­tional de­scribes the Ro­hingya as “one of the most per­se­cuted mi­nori­ties in the world.’

The refugees, 60% of whom are chil­dren, hav­ing fled from Myan­mar, are now be­ing faced with de­por­ta­tion even though they re­main state­less, with un­cer­tain fu­tures.

Who Are The New “Boat Peo­ple”? fea­tures pho­tographs taken by Bangladeshi photo jour­nal­ist, Fo­jit Sheikh Babu, which doc­u­ment the day to day lives of the Ro­hingya com­mu­nity since their ar­rival in Bangladesh.

Fo­jit Sheikh Babu said: “In any so­ci­ety or area the mi­nor­ity group will be be­come vic­tim to all kinds of op­pres­sion.

“I have seen first hand the ter­ri­ble op­pres­sion the Ro­hignya are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing and want to bring their story to the world.”

Who Are The New “Boat Peo­ple”? also con­tains paint­ings of the sim­i­lar 1971 Bangladesh/Pak­istan con­flict and cur­rent Ro­hingya sit­u­a­tion, by the ac­com­plished Bangladeshi/French artist Sha­habud­din.

The ex­hi­bi­tion has been co­or­di­nated by Dr Tasleem Shakur, se­nior lec­turer in ge­og­ra­phy at Edge Hill.

Dr Shakur said: “Ro­hingya refugees, par­tic­u­larly the women and chil­dren, need ur­gent and world­wide at­ten­tion and sup­port.

“The Ron­hingya are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing tor­ture, rape and geno­cide and I wanted to help raise aware­ness of this to help al­le­vi­ate this des­per­ate sit­u­a­tion.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion is part of Edge Hill’s an­nual Fes­ti­val of Ideas, which this year ex­plores a theme of Equal­i­ties.

An evening of panel dis­cus­sions and per­for­mances, cul­mi­nat­ing in a screen­ing of a doc­u­men­tary will launch the ex­hi­bi­tion to­mor­row, Fri­day. It will run un­til June 9.

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