1st Place / 2018 / Press /

The Great Exodus: People with no land

  • Prize
    Gold in Press/General News, 1st Place winner in Press
  • Photographer
    Mushfiqul Alam

The widely known yet underrated is the Rohingya Crisis. An ethnic group of Myanmar, residing in the state of Rakhine for centuries, facing extreme racial segregation leading to further mayhem and ethnic cleansing as repercussion is the Rohingya. The recent, though belated, credence on the issue of inflicted tyranny upon them is just a mileage that has been set. However, that only acknowledges the crisis but barely covers the extent of the terror. A Rohingya does not begin the day with morning sunshine but the trepidation of uncertainty of life. There have been several attempts to label it as a scattered - Buddhist versus Muslim conflict, but the story lying beneath is different. Demolition of houses and forced evacuation has led to Rohingyas searching for refuge in an already densely populated country called Bangladesh and the refugees tantamount to nearly a million, which is nearly eighty-percent of the total.

Mushfiqul Alam is an independent Bangladeshi photojournalist based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He was born in 1996 at Narayanganj. He was first introduced to photography in his childhood. Later he started practicing documentary photography in late 2013. Mushfiq is currently completing his undergrad degree on Economics in Brac University. He generally covers sociopolitical issues and daily life.

His work has appeared in The New york Times, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post,Telegraph, Days Japan magazine, British Journal of Photography, NewsWeek, MSNbc, Yahoo news, Wired