An Exclusive Look at the Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh
Ata Mohammad Adnan gives us an exclusive look on his recent visit to Bangladesh. He is a doctor by profession but a people photographer out of passion. Born to a family of doctors in 1989, Adnan finally picked up a camera in 2010. Photography to him is an extension of his lifestyle and his camera, a part of his body.
Photography has helped him get closer to people, often breaking boundaries of socio-economic borders. He has exhibited his photographs in more than ten countries of the world and has also won a number of national and international photography awards, including the prestigious Sony World Photo Awards 2015.
The influx of Rohingya Refugees into Bangladesh
The Rohingya community in the Rakhine state have suffered atrocities in the hands of
military and locals in Myanmar. Their homes have been burnt, people have been killed by
both bullets and knives and their women have been raped. UN has termed it as a textbook
example of “ethnic cleansing”. It is estimated that at least 4,00,000 people have already crossed the border to save their lives.
The Bangladeshi government has arranged for several makeshift camps to facilitate them.
Few registered camps existed from before where a few thousand rohingya refugees have
been living for years.
With the vast current influx, there lies a great burden of food, water, sanitation and other
basic necessities. The photos are taken at the refugee camps, namely Kutupalong and Balukhali, which is a fair distance away from the arrival point of Shah Pori Island in Teknaf. During this trip I used mostly my Sony A7RII with the Sony 35mm f2.8, Sony 35mm f1.4 and the Sony 85mm f1.4 GM .