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Rohingya Refugee Crisis


An estimated 740,000 Rohingya (according to UNICEF more than half of them are children) have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh to escape killings, arson, sexual violence and other atrocities. Most of them walked three to six days, barefoot over mountains and across rivers. United Nations OHCHR said that According to Human Rights Watch, since August25, 2017, Burmese security forces have been carrying out a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims. Myanmar government does not even use the word Rohingya or recognize them as a distinct group. 6,700 Rohingya were killed by Myanmar security forces in one month following a government-led crackdown in the country's Rakhine state in late August, according to Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Rohingya Muslims demand full-fledged Myanmar citizenship and recognition as Rohingya. Children suffered greatly in this crisis, losing their childhood and education and lacking a safe nurturing environment

Biography: Born 24 June 1984, Shahnewaz is Documentary Photographer, Curator, Educator, Freelancer for Washington Post and Founder Director of VOHHFOTOFEST, VOHH Photography Institute, based Chittagong, Bangladesh. He does photography since 2004 and won 100 International awards in photojournalism-documentary. Works published 100 International journals, exhibited around 40 countries. Assignment experience includes: CNN, Sputnik News, AlMayadeenTv. He was Reviewer and Jury Member of ADDISFOTOFEST 2018. His projects used Teaching and Research Material: JohnsHopkins University, DukeUniversity, EastCarolina University.