Salahuddin Ahmed

2018 Award for Potential


Rohingya Crisis: Through Despair there is Hope

During the last few decades, Myanmar has been forcing it’s Rohingya Muslim population into the neighbouring country of Bangladesh. In August 2017 an enormous humanitarian crisis erupted after Myanmar’s military carried out a violent purge, leading nearly 700,000 Rohingya – mostly women and children –, to flee to relative safety in Bangladesh. Ahmed stayed at the camps in Cox’s Bazar for months, extensively documenting the perilous journeys the refugees had to make. Some of those he met there had lost their identities and loved ones in Myanmar, and were now experience another humanitarian crisis  – living in squalid conditions without access to basic medical care. This photographic project centres on the struggle for health and survival in the camps, especially among women, children and pregnant mothers. Ahmed believes the desperate plight of these people needs to be the focus of greater worldwide attention.

About the Photographer

Salahuddin Ahmed (b.1984) is a documentary photo activist from Bangladesh working as a photojournalist with UNB. To hone his skills he is also pursuing a course in Pathshala South Asian Media Institute. His work has been published in the New York Times, Time, The Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Reuters, Independent-UK and UNB. Exhibitions include 2015 Visa Pour L’Image, Ian Parry Scholarship Exhibition, Perpignan, France, and the 2015 Ian Parry Scholarship Exhibition, London, UK.