Khaironisa (center) and her two sisters Surunisa (left) and Guktas (right) in their shack in Dar Paing IDP Camp. When violence broke out in 2012, Surunisa's husband was killed by local police and Khaironisa's husband fled to Malaysia. She has not heard from him ever since.
I'm beyond frustrated and saddened with the current situation of the Rohingya people. It's made me go through old work when things were beginning to worsen between the Myanmar army and the Rohingya Muslim population. When I was living in Myanmar in 2014 I spent some time in the IDP camps in which more than 140,000 people were forcibly moved from their homes in Rakhine State.
I'll be posting a few images from back then, when one could start sensing that the worst was to come for these stateless people.
Attacks by Rohingya Arsa militants on Myanmar security forces in Rakhine State on August 25, 2017 sparked a major military backlash forcing more than 600,000 of Myanmar’s 1.1 million ethnic Rohingya minority to flee to Bangladesh and move into makeshift settlements. Most of the refugees bring with them stories that have been described as a textbook example of ethnic cleansing. Refugees walked for days with barely any belongings or food, reaching Bangladesh in dangerously overfilled boats, hoping for a safe haven. The Rohingya have sought shelter, setting up camp wherever possible in very difficult terrain and with little access to aid, safe drinking water, food, shelter or healthcare.
The continuing exodus is the culmination of decades of oppression and hostility that have stripped Rohingya of their rights, denied them an identity, and forced them from their homes.