Black and white pictures show the harrowing stories of the Rohingya people

The Rohingya people are a displaced group from the Rakhine state in Myanmar.

The Muslim minority has been forced out of their homes and migrate to nearby lands.

Black and white photos showing the plight of the group are shared by Saiful Huq Omi in his book 136 – I Am Rohingya, published by Schilt Publishing.

The striking images show a man with who suffered third-degree burns over 60% of his body in a factory he worked at after fleeing to Malaysia.

You can also see a Rohingya worker in an ice factory in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh where many have fled to.

Another subject is a man who has recurring nightmares after enduring a treacherous month-long journey being smuggled into a camp in Thailand and from there, Malaysia.

Other images show Rohingya fishermen in Bangladesh, as they are so desperate for work they will go to sea all year round despite the conditions.

A family who had been smuggled into Bangladesh are also pictured but were sadly deported back to Myanmar the morning after the photo was taken.

The Rohingyans have been a stateless community for decades as they are not considered legal citizens of any state.

The title of this book, 136, refers to the Myanmar government officially declaring only 135 ethnic groups in Myanmar, not including Rohingyas.

In 1982 the Burmese government revoked the citizenship of Rohingya people leaving them stateless.

Saiful Huq Omi started to document the lives of the Rohingyas almost a decade ago and has showcased their stories in different parts of the world.

‘136, I am Rohingya honours the mission of strengthening the identity of the community that is being threatened and adds to its collective memory, shows its traditions, raises awareness, tells stories of abuse and tragedies,’ said Saiful.

‘Ultimately, it shows an incredible commitment to the fight of these people and a level of humanity, so necessary in these times of turbulence.

You can purchase a copy of 136, I Am Rohingya online.








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