Dhaka, 10 December 2018: A photography exhibition – Exodus – showcasing a collection of images on the dramatic Rohingya humanitarian crisis begins in the city today to remind viewers that the crisis is far from being over.
The photos taken by internationally acclaimed photographer Patrick Brown over the last one year portrays the initial influx of the Rohingya population, their resilience, the host community, emergency mitigation measures and international support to the Rohingya people.
More than one year into the crisis, memories of displacement and brutalities remain raw among the roughly one million Rohingya refugees – including many from previous cross-border influxes – who live in cramped shelters inside the congested and often insanitary camps of Cox’s Bazar.
Organised jointly by UNICEF Bangladesh and Alliance Française de Dhaka, the exhibition was formally inaugurated by UNICEF Bangladesh Goodwill Ambassador and cricket icon Shakib Al Hassan and UNICEF Bangladesh Representative Edouard Beigbeder. They inaugurated the exhibition in presence of children in Dhaka who were connected through a video call with Rohingya children living in the refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar.
Edouard Beigbeder said, “This exhibition not only portrays the hopelessness and despair of a people in peril, it also captures their unmatched ability to bounce back in life with little support to ensure their basic necessities.”
UNICEF continues to provide health, education, child protection, safe water, sanitation, nutrition and other basic services in the camps at Cox’s Bazar to help the refugee population, especially the children, get back to a normal life.
Patrick Brown is the recipient numerous international awards including the 3P Photographer Award, World Press Award, Picture of The Year Award, New York Photographic Book Award, to name a few. His works have graced the pages of prestigious publications such as The New Yorker, TIME, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, National Geographic, International Herald Tribune.
The exhibition will be open for public viewing until 22 December 2018 at La Galerie, Alliance Française de Dhaka.
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