Images of Statelessness: A Photo Essay of Myanmar's Rohingya

Saiful Haq
May 04, 2015

Saiful Huq is a photographer from Bangladesh and a member of Polaris Images. He began photographing the Rohingya—a Muslim population who live in Myanmar’s Rakhine state—in his home country several years ago. Under a 1982 citizenship law, the citizen rights of the Rohingya were stripped away, and today, they are considered a stateless population. Many were internally displaced in Myanmar as a result of conflict in 2012, while other Rohingya have migrated to new countries. About 30,000 still live in refugee camps in Bangladesh. Since Huq started his project, he has expanded the scope, traveling around the world to photograph the Rohingya people.