Plight of the Rohingya refugees
in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh
20 June 2021
Curated photos from the
archives of RSG and UNHCR
Organised by RSG
in collaboration with UNHCR
In commemoration of
World Refugee Day
Over 884,000 Rohingya refugees reside in 34 extremely congested camps in Bangladesh. Some 52% of them are children. They are a mostly Muslim minority ethnic group living in Rakhine state in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar. Since August 25, 2017, more than 700,000 of them have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh as a result of ethnic conflict. As refugees, they do not receive the same protection and aid as citizens do. They are therefore heavily dependent on humanitarian aid for basic essentials such as food, water, soap and medical supplies.
This exhibition is organised in commemoration of World Refugee Day (WRD) 2021. The WRD theme this year is “Together we heal, learn and shine.” It focuses on the power of inclusion. The shared experience of COVID-19 has showed us that we only succeed if we stand together. We have all had to do our part to keep each other safe and despite the challenges, refugees and displaced people have stepped up. Given the chance, refugees will continue to contribute to a stronger, safer and more vibrant world. This year, UNHCR and its partners call for greater inclusion of refugees in health systems, schools and sport. Hence, in this exhibition, there will be a special focus on health, education and sport.
This exhibition is dedicated to the Rohingya and all other refugees around the world.
The world can’t overcome COVID-19 if it overlooks refugees, because no one is safe until everyone is safe. We need to ensure that people forced to flee have access to vaccines, care, medicine and psychological support, like everyone else.
We all benefit when everyone has access to education. We are calling for the creation of scholarships and education opportunities for displaced youth. We also call for greater access to digital education for refugee students.
Hawkins Gallery is an online art gallery with a primary focus on forced displacement. Exhibitions tell the story of the lives of refugees, IDPs and stateless persons.