Last Monday, the Liberation War Museum and the UN refugee agency jointly organized a photo exhibition in Dhaka to highlight the dire living conditions of Rohingya refugees to commemorate the “World Refugee Day”.
The exhibition titled “We are Rohingya” displays 50 photographs, capturing the essence of Rohingya culture and its identity. 10 Rohingya photographers who worked earnestly behind this event have shown excellent skills.
On the occasion, a UNHCR statement stated that “More than 50% of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are children under the age of 18 with no access to formal education and a very limited access to skill development activities or higher education.”
“Art and photography are for them a mode of expression, to deal with emotions and feelings in a positive way and ease the trauma they have experienced. Photography is also a way of keeping their culture and history alive, by documenting their community’s daily lives,” it added.
The “three-week” long exhibition explores themes of memory, hope, dreams, faith, beauty, craftsmanship, grief, loss, and love among the Rohingya refugees. It is also available virtually on the Rohingyatographer Magazine website established by Palazon.