The Rohingya are described as "world's most persecuted minority"

Originally a muslim ethnic group from Myanmar, which is a Buddhist majority nation, they were refused citizenship and were murdered, pilfered, raped and driven out of their homes in masses in 2017, by Myanmar’s military rule.

Since then, they have become the largest stateless population of the world. They don’t count in the census of any nation. A human race, that doesn't really exist for the world. 

The four day event @rethink_refugees_azadi_chennai from 15-18 December 2022 in Chennai, is a joint effort by @theazadiproject and @rethinking_refugees , and will be a mix of in-person and online sessions that promote a holistic understanding of the contemporary refugee situation worldwide and in India.
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Nur Safiya. She is a poser.

“How did your hand burn?” I asked. 
She strikes a pose in response!

“Does it hurt?” I persisted. 
Another pose! 

“I hope you are being safe around fire now Saifya?” 

This time she holds my hand and walks me to her 15 sq ft home. 

Once we get there, she stands dangerously between a makeshift kitchen and a bed with nails casually hanging out… and she poses… as “Agni”, the goddess of fire. 

“Be safe,” had I said? I turn scarlet with embarrassment, extreme heat and the smell of a curated stench that comes from lives rotting away slowly. 

Safety is a luxury in their world… where life itself is a wager. 

Safiya understands it only too well that the satire called Life, is being directed by someone else. All she has to do… is Pose! 

The Rohingya are described as "world's most persecuted minority"

Originally a muslim ethnic group from Myanmar, which is a Buddhist majority nation, they were refused citizenship and were murdered, pilfered, raped and driven out of their homes in masses in 2017, by Myanmar’s military rule.

Since then, they have become the largest stateless population of the world. They don’t count in the census of any nation. A human race, that doesn't really exist for the world. 

Over a million of them have taken refuge in neighbouring countries including India but even in those nations their status is that of an “illegal immigrant” and not “refugee”. 

Needless to say the conditions in which they live in those camps isn’t for the faint hearted. 

The camp that I visited in Delhi did not have a toilet for an entire camp with over 500 refugees. So they walk almost a km to an open field, each time they need to attend to nature's call. 

Nur Safiya and Mariyam from my series “Invisible” featuring the Rohingya people for @theazadiproject
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“Ronak”. Her name literally translates to radiance or celebration. She is 3. No. Maybe she is 5. Her mother couldn’t decide what her exact age is. When life is such a strife, you just get on with it. You don’t celebrate occasions. But somehow amidst all of this endless struggle, Ronak knew how to celebrate herself. She had a little box of embellishments. When I went into that choking little, blindingly dark and cluttered space in which she lives with her three other siblings and parents, she quickly took out her “makeup” and started to paint her beautiful face. No care in the world. Unfazed. Just sheer innocence. A magical childhood in the heart of a raging turmoil. 
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