Solo show portrays Rohingya crisis

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Aug 24,2019


Visitors look at displayed photographs at the exhibition. — Sony Ramany

Renowned photographer Sanaul Haque is displaying photographs depicting the plight of Rohingyas in his solo exhibition under way at National Press Club.

The two-day exhibition titled ‘Save the Rohingya People’ is featuring a total of 100 photographs.

‘The photographs give the viewers a glimpse into the plight of the Rohingyas, who fled to Bangladesh to escape military persecution in Myanmar. Many of the Rohingyas have taken shelter at the world’s largest refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar or outside the camp where they are living in inhumane conditions,’ said Sanaul Haque, who has also published a book titled ‘Rohingya Alokchitra’ featuring the photographs.

National Press Club president Saiful Islam inaugurated the exhibition on August 23 as the chief guest. National Press Club general secretary Farida Yasmin, poet Helal Hafiz and others were present at the inaugural ceremony.

The photographs being displayed at the exhibition were taken in the last three years.

More than 7,00,000 Rohingyas, mostly women, children and aged people, entered Bangladesh after fleeing unbridled murder, arson and rape during ‘security operations’ by the Myanmar military in Rakhine, what the United Nations denounced as ethnic cleansing and genocide, beginning from August 25, 2017.

A displayed photograph titled ‘Rohingya has been Crossing the Naf River at Dawn to Save Lives’ shows Rohingyas crossing Naf river on boats.

Another photograph titled ‘Rohingya Fleeing from Their Villages, Mayanmar to Save Lives’ shows a large number of women and children running in panic to save their lives.

The photograph titled ‘Hill Cutting is Going on to Build Camp for Rohingyas’ shows people cutting hills for building camp for Rohingyas while another titled ‘Waiting for Treatment’ shows a sick Rohingya child sleeping on mother’s lap.

The exhibition will end today.

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