Galleries: Rohingya Refugee Portraits, Bangladesh. 2009: rohingyasportraitsweb-12

Kamal Hussein, 30.Crippled leg.His gnarled walking staff lends Kamal a wizardly aspect that belies his having seen barely three decades. He explains with unexpected good cheer how the shattered leg that drags uselessly in the dust behind him was incyrred in a beating from the Nasaka, who he says came across him collecting bamboo in the jungle and decided to punish him without explanation. He says that making his way around the camp is extremely difficult, but that life here is a {quote}paradise{quote} compared to Burma - largely the result of a new found freedom to pray at a handful of improvised mosques. {quote}In Burma our faith was something forwhich we were made to feel ashamed,{quote} he says, {quote}but here we are all Muslims, and being able to call upon Allah five times daily gives me the strength to endure any suffereing.{quote}

Kamal Hussein, 30. 

Crippled leg. 

His gnarled walking staff lends Kamal a wizardly aspect that belies his having seen barely three decades. He explains with unexpected good cheer how the shattered leg that drags uselessly in the dust behind him was incyrred in a beating from the Nasaka, who he says came across him collecting bamboo in the jungle and decided to punish him without explanation. He says that making his way around the camp is extremely difficult, but that life here is a "paradise" compared to Burma - largely the result of a new found freedom to pray at a handful of improvised mosques. "In Burma our faith was something forwhich we were made to feel ashamed," he says, "but here we are all Muslims, and being able to call upon Allah five times daily gives me the strength to endure any suffereing."