The Disowned and the Denied

Saiful Huq Omi chose to contrast two stories about the Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority in western Burma, which has suffered human rights violations under the ruling military junta. He photographed the lives of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh who stayed in camps where conditions are often squalid and medical care is inadequate. Omi also followed the lives of Rohingya who had resettled in the UK to capture how they had adapted to their new lives.


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Saiful Huq Omi
Saiful Huq Omi, Bangladesh, first studied telecoms engineering, before taking up photography in 2005. His photos have appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Time and Asian Photography, among others. His work has been exhibited in galleries from Zimbabwe and Russia to Japan and his home country. Saiful has received a number of awards, including the All Roads National Geographic Award, and an emerging photographers grant from the Open Society Institute. His Rohingya project gained him a grant from the Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund.

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