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The looted honour

  • Published at 05:32 pm May 18th, 2019
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A photograph part of an exhibition by Mohammad Rakibul Hasan on the Rohingya women who grievously suffered after being forcefully displaced from Myanmar's Rakhine

A photo exhibition of the Rohingya women who grievously suffered after being forcefully displaced from Myanmar's Rakhine

Some 740,000 Rohingya refugees have fled since a military crackdown in the Rakhine state of Myanmar in August 2017 to cross into Bangladesh where 300,000 members of the persecuted Muslim minority were already in camps.

A photo exhibition by Mohammad Rakibul Hassan on the Rohingya women who grievously suffered after being forcefully displaced from Myanmar's Rakhine

There are numerous accounts of rape, gang rape, mutilation, torture, and murder, and the stories we know so far may well be a mere fraction of the crimes that have taken place in the Rakhine state, the atrocities also being termed as "ethnic cleansing" by the United Nations (UN).

This unfortunate Muslim minority community has no citizenship of Myanmar and was not allowed to travel anywhere except for their allocated territory. They never had a good schooling system, and never had access to good health services. 

The horror and trauma the rape survivors went through have sometimes been not enough to keep some of the women from being brave and tell their stories so that the world can see and stand beside them for their plea for justice.

Mohammad Rakibul Hasan is a documentary photographer and visual artist, currently pursuing an MA in Photography at Falmouth University in the UK. He has been nominated for many international awards and won several photographic competitions worldwide such as Lucie Awards under Discovery of the Year 2018 category