My family fled from our village to the capital as refugees during the liberation war against Pakistan in 1971. We have travelled in the rain, under hot sun and often without enough food. The Pakistani army was killing innocent people including men, women and children, burning houses and raping women. I was very small and couldn’t remember much at that age but what I saw in the Bangladesh- Myanmar border was beyond my imagination. The Myanmar army has started a genocide, burning villages, killing civili ans and raping women. More than 800,000 terrified Rohingyas have crossed the border into Bangladesh over the last one-month. Carrying what little they have on their backs, the men, women, children, and elderly traipse barefoot through the jungle and mountains for several days, or risk the rough seas of the Bay of Bengal. The Rohingyas have been denied citizenship of Myanmar and these displaced people including children try to find safe space in the camps. More than 230,000 children will have future with full of uncertainties about their health, food, shelter, education as well as identity.
Abir Abdullah is an independent documentary photographer based in Bangladesh. Abir photographs the people around, whose stories have moved him in some way. He has spent the last few years documenting communities in Bangladesh who have been most affected by climate change. And since 2005, Abir began documenting the dangers that plague Bangladesh’s manufacturing industry, covering a series of building collapses and fires.