Monday, February 8, 2016

In the Shadow of the Rohingyas of Myanmar

This is a must read for anyone interested in human rights of the most persecuted Rohingyas of Myanmar.
It’s a global tragedy, Greg Constantine writes in the foreword to Nowhere People, his book of photographs of stateless communities across the world. Statelessness can have many origins – shifting borders, changing laws, the collapse and creation of states – but in every case, ethnic difference “leads governments and people in power to use citizenship as a weapon to disenfranchise those who they feel threaten their political, ethnic or personal interests.”
In Nowhere People, Constantine visits stateless groups in twelve countries: from Italy and Ukraine, to the Ivory Coast and Nepal, bringing into view ‘the innocent people who are not tolerated by any state.’ This is the third in Constantine’s series on the stateless, following two prize-winning books on Kenyan’s Nubians and the Rohingyas. Both are groups he revisits in Nowhere People, which was selected by Mother Jones magazine as one of the 10 Best Photo Books of 2015.
The Wire shares opening text and images from its chapter on the Rohingyas of Myanmar.

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