Blind in one eye after being beaten in the head during forced labour, this man fled from Burma in the mid 1990′s and is one of an estimated 300,000 undocumented Rohingya now living in the southern part of neighbouring Bangladesh. Pic: Greg Constantine.
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US photographer Greg Constantine has recently released a book of black and white photography titled “Exiled to Nowhere: Burma’s Rohingya.” He believes that “One of the things that is lost in the discussions of the issues of statelessness-particularly with the Rohingya-are human stories.”
He relates the story of 20-year-old Kashida who had to “flee to Bangladesh with her husband. The Burmese authorities had denied her permission to get married, but when they discovered she had married in secret and was pregnant they took away all her family’s money and cows and goats. They forced Kashida to have an abortion, telling her: “This is not your country; you don’t have the right to reproduce here.”
Greg Constantine is a professional photographer who has devoted his life to documenting their struggle.