Galleries: Rohingya Refugee Portraits, Bangladesh. 2009: rohingyasportraitsweb-1

Mahabieh Hamed, 11.Suspected cancerous growth.Mamabieh is clearly unsettled by the attention when her father virtually drags her infront of us and whips away the dirty rag that she uses to hide her disfigurement, but she answers our questions calmly and politely, her girlish voice filled with a sweetness that is in stark contrast to the physical and emotional weight of her tumour. Her father built their home on the outskirts of the camp to avoid unnecessary contact with other refugees, but still Mahabieh says that she is followed by hushed mutterings and accusatory eyes whenever she ventures out to use the toilet or collect water from the well; she has no friends, and even manages occasionally to incur the wrath of her own family due to her inability to sleep without snoring loudly. {quote}Sometimes I dream that I am a school girl again,{quote} she says, {quote}and my face looks as it once did. They say I will never look that way again, but I hope I will one day return to school.{quote}

Mahabieh Hamed, 11. 

Suspected cancerous growth. 

Mamabieh is clearly unsettled by the attention when her father virtually drags her infront of us and whips away the dirty rag that she uses to hide her disfigurement, but she answers our questions calmly and politely, her girlish voice filled with a sweetness that is in stark contrast to the physical and emotional weight of her tumour. Her father built their home on the outskirts of the camp to avoid unnecessary contact with other refugees, but still Mahabieh says that she is followed by hushed mutterings and accusatory eyes whenever she ventures out to use the toilet or collect water from the well; she has no friends, and even manages occasionally to incur the wrath of her own family due to her inability to sleep without snoring loudly. "Sometimes I dream that I am a school girl again," she says, "and my face looks as it once did. They say I will never look that way again, but I hope I will one day return to school."