Galleries: Rohingya Refugee Portraits, Bangladesh. 2009: rohingyasportraitsweb-13

Fir Ahamad 30, and his brother Noor, 40.Fir suffers from an unknown illness causing severe joint painWith the upper body of a wrestler and a diamond-shaped knife wound on his chin, Noor carries his younger brother into the interview and lowers him gently onto the cracked plastic chair, an action that causes Fir to wince and whimper with pain. The wasting disease that has reduced him to a bag of fragile bones first began to take hold in Burma, where Fir was working as a forced labourer. {quote}Every time I fell down the guards would beat me,{quote} he says. {quote}Eventually I couldn't tell where the pain of the beatings stopped and the disease began.{quote} Stern-faced Noor squeezes his brother's hand as tears fill his eyes. {quote}Every night I lay down hoping I may die in my sleep,{quote} says Fir, {quote}so that I may be released from this pain.{quote}

Fir Ahamad 30, and his brother Noor, 40. 

Fir suffers from an unknown illness causing severe joint pain 

With the upper body of a wrestler and a diamond-shaped knife wound on his chin, Noor carries his younger brother into the interview and lowers him gently onto the cracked plastic chair, an action that causes Fir to wince and whimper with pain. The wasting disease that has reduced him to a bag of fragile bones first began to take hold in Burma, where Fir was working as a forced labourer. "Every time I fell down the guards would beat me," he says. "Eventually I couldn't tell where the pain of the beatings stopped and the disease began." Stern-faced Noor squeezes his brother's hand as tears fill his eyes. "Every night I lay down hoping I may die in my sleep," says Fir, "so that I may be released from this pain."