PROJECT WITH ROHINGYA REFUGEES | bangladesh
Hannah visited the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh through the NGO BRAC. Over one million Rohingya refugees have fled violence across the border in neighboring Myanmar. The UN says the Rohingya’s situation is the ‘world’s fastest growing refugee crisis.’
During her time in the Kutupalong refugee camp, Hannah spent her mornings painting with children in one of 200 Child-Friendly Spaces run by BRAC. Her afternoons were spent meeting with many Rohingya women and listening to their stories. Following her return from Bangladesh, Hannah painted a number of portraits of the Rohingya women she met.
“My heart is full of the stories of suffering I’ve heard here in the camp.” Hannah said, “Each shelter, every family holds memories of grief and terror. Houses burning; soldiers shooting; loved ones scattered in the jungle; days without food or water, until exhausted they arrived at the border. Many did not survive.”
The future of the Rohingya community is uncertain. Thousands are stranded in limbo, waiting anxiously to hear what will become of them.