I am Rohingya – photography exhibition by Mohammad Rakibul Hasan

Come today, 14th April 2018 at 17h, to the opening of photography exhibition “I am Rohingya” by Mohammad Rakibul Hasan, gallery Božidarac, Radoslava Grujića 3

According to the United Nation’s declaration of Human Rights, “Everyone has the right to live”. Rohingyas are Indo-Aryan- speaking people, who have been living in the Rakhine State of Myanmar for centuries. Myanmar Government never officially recognized these people, as an ethnic minority group among the other major eight national indigenous races, which I believe, is a complete violation of human rights. They live there as stateless people who are deprived of their rights, and are always under pressure of various levels of social discrimination and violation by other major religious belief holders. One million of Rohingya refugees were estimated to have gradually entered into Bangladesh by boat, on bare foot and by other means of transportation from many distant places of Myanmar, risking their lives and belongings. In every case, humanity comes first. We should not believe in the existence of borders and partitions among nationalities or races. We all are humans, and are here on earth for a certain period. It is always better to think broader and about the equality and justice for all. These inner feelings always can force us all become a good human being who cares for each other.

I am Rohingya

The Rohingya is a minor Muslim ethnic group who has been living in Myanmar for centuries. However, due to the racism and many other socio-political issues accelerated from the majority in Myanmar, they became a victim to a categorization of themselves as Bengali descendents, the recent migration of whom began on August 2017, from Myanmar to Bangladesh. These people are deprived of their ethnic rights by their own country, which includes non-enlistment with other 135 official ethnic groups, as Myanmar government has regarded them as stateless refugees from Bangladesh [1]. Over one million Rohingyas used to live in Myanmar, and they are the most persecuted people in the world and their current exodus has made more vulnerable.

It was not an easy condition at all for a conscious photographer to listen to the stories, and taking the photographs to produce the best aesthetical piece of art. It was more like documenting the horror of truth. I went to the local hospitals for several times to see the victims who entered into Bangladesh with injuries brought by the Myanmar Armies during the time they were fleeing. Or perhaps, the army just wanted to loot the belongings of these people. The Nobel Peace Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, might not have pondered to go against the elite Army Generals for the sake of material happiness of life, but there are great chances reserved for the owner and creator of everything and this universe, and He can bring justice for once and for all, before it is too late for innocent human beings.

Written by Mohammad Rakibul Hasan