probal rashid, finalist of the may 2017 edition

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Probal Rashid is a documentary photographer and photojournalist working in Bangladesh, represented by Zuma Press, USA. He has studied a Post Graduate Diploma in Photojournalism through a scholarship program of World Press Photo at the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism (ACFJ) at Ateneo De Manila University in the Philippines. He also holds an MBA. His works have been published in many national and international newspapers and magazines such as The National Geographic, Los Angeles Times, Forbes, GEO, New York Post, Days Japan, Paris Match, The Wall Street Journal, Stern, RVA, The Telegraph, Focus magazine and The Guardian. Moreover, his photographs have been exhibited in Bangladesh, Germany, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, UK, USA and some of his works selected by the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts for their permanent collection. Probal is the recipient of numerous awards for his work including the Pictures Of the Year International (POYi), Days Japan Photojournalism Award, China International Press Photo Award (CHIPP), NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism Awards, Yonhap International Press Photo Awards, KL International Photo award, FCCT/OnAsia Photojournalism, “Zoom-­‐in on Poverty” Global Photo Award, CGAP microfinance photo award, WPGA Annual Pollux Awards in U.K, International Year of Biodiversity Award and the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar Contest.

Project Statement, The Rohingyas: A People Without A Home

Approximately  70,000  Rohingya  Muslims  have  fled  from  Myanmar  to  Bangladesh since October 9, 2016 after the Burmese military launched clearance operations.  The  U.N.  human  rights  office  said  in  their  report  that  Myanmar's  security  forces  have  committed  mass  killings,  torture  and  gang  rapes  of Rohingyas, as well as burned their villages. Rohingyas began to flee from military oppression—first in 1978 and then again in 1991-­‐92—in major influxes of some 500,000 people. Presently, around 32,000 registered refugees stay in the UNHCR-­‐run camps in Cox’s Bazar, while another estimated  500,000  unregistered  live  outside  the  camps.  Consequently,  most  of  the unregistered refugees are deemed underprivileged according to the scale of basic human rights. The  Bangladeshi  government  has  accommodated  the  Rohingyas  to  a  certain  point,  but  considering  limited  resources  as  well  as  the  poor  conditions  its  own population lives under, it is hardly in a position to resolve the issue on its own. The  Rohingya  refugee  issue  has  been  a  long-­‐standing  problem  and,  unfortunately,  the  international  community  has  remained  mostly  mute, unwilling  to  play  a  role  in  helping  to  resolve  the  problem.  More  than  35  years  since it began, the Rohingyas' crisis is long overdue for a solution. This project offers insight into these helpless people’s lives. Probal has seen children deprived  of  their  parents  and  wives  deprived  of  their  families, being initiallyabashed  of  himself  for  not  being  able  to  do  anything.  However,  when  he sawthe warm  glow  of  hope  in  some  of  their  eyes,  he  instantly  believed  that  he wasdoing  something. His work is not only to describe the present but also to warn us of  future  problems  before  it's  too  late.