TOKYO-2020 Editorial / Conflict

I Am Rohingya

  • Prize
    Gold in Editorial/Photo Essay, Silver in Editorial/Conflict
  • Jury Top 5 Selection

    Susan Baraz This photo essay is gut wrenching and exquisitely shot telling this horrendous struggle for a survival of a people. Perfectly shot and it makes you feel you're in the middle of this chaos. Well done!

  • Photographer
    Mohammad Rakibul Hasan
  • Photo Date
    2017 - 2020

The Rohingya is a minor Muslim ethnic group who lived in Myanmar for centuries. However, due to the racism and many other socio-political issues among the majority in Myanmar, they were declared as a stateless Bengali community who migrated to Myanmar from Bangladesh. Over one million Rohingyas live in Myanmar and they are the most persecuted people in the world who are deprived from their own land, human rights and citizenship. The recent wave of violence in 2017 has pushed nearly a million Rohingyas to cross the border of Myanmar in search for a safe refuge in Bangladesh.

Mohammad Rakibul Hasan is a Dhaka Based documentary photographer, filmmaker and visual artist. His photographic work explores the themes of human rights, social development, migration, gender violence and the environment. His images express the resilience of human spirit and strength at adversity.