Since 2012 pogroms, the Rohingyas, a Muslim minority from the Rakhine state in Burma, had been forced out of their houses. Some of them fled the country, some - live in the refugee camps and ghettos. According to the Burmese authorities, they cannot leave those guarded areas 'for their own protection'. Outside the camps, the traces of Rohingyas have been slowly disappearing from the public space. Mosques located in the main points of the Sittwe city, Rakhine capital, have been falling into despair taken over by tropical flora. Rohingyas' quarters, now abondoned and burnt down, bare no signs of buildings anymore. The new settlers of Buddhist Burmese occupied places near their destroyed houses. The name 'Rohingya' is forbidden and fiercely denied by the public and authorities.
It is already four years and the temporary camps are becoming permanent settlements controlled by the government and army. During the October 2016 clashes on the border with Bangladesh, the food rations were withhold by authorities. 'It is not the worse they can do to us' - inmates of the refugee camps said. 'It is the education ban which eventually will wiped us out'.
The October 2016 events lead again to another wave of Rohingyas running away across the border to Bangladesh as well as into the refugee camps. Unconfirmed reports (international journalist are not allowed into the border area) detail the atrocities army commits in the villages.
The camp inmates keep on asking what will happen next. The are scared that the pogroms will repeat so
AUTHOR: Marcin Zaborowski POLAND
born 1978 in Poland, based in Szczecin (Poland). Photographer of The National Geographic Polska Magazine and associate member of the Collective Report. Started with travel photography and in the end engaged in documentary one. Searches for social problems and the human's stories. Author of individual and group exhibitions in Poland. Laureate of The Grand Press Photo 2014, honorable mentioned in international photography contests in Los Angeles, Moscow and London.
Reported for the Polish Radio on his tour through China, Tibet, Nepal and India. His photos have been published in The National Geographic Polska Magazine. In 2010 he was invited to India where he portraited His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Curiosity to the world led him to Peru, Morocco, Nepal, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, Georgia, Tibet, China and many others. In love with his family and wife, who is the best reviewer.
Currently working on a long-term project about Rohingya refugees from Burma.