Galleries: Rohingya Refugee Portraits, Bangladesh. 2009: rohingyasportraitsweb-16

Mohammad Zaker, 60.Heart condition.Mohammad tells his stories in whispers, constantly looking over his shoulder to ensure he is not being overheard. One day, he says, while he was out working as a forced labourer on a government construction site, policemen came to his house and raped his daughter, so brutally that she was told she would never be able to bear children. Not even such unspeakable trauma could erode his daughter's beauty, he says, and soon after they arrived at the camp, a Rohingya rickshaw driver from the Chittagong Hills asked for her hand in marriage. Mohammad couldn't refuse, though tears fill his eyes as he describes the conflict over whether he should have told her suitor of what happened in Burma. He didn't and the husband still has no idea he will never hold his own children. {quote}Nasaka took away the life of my grandchildren,{quote} says Mohammad, {quote}I wish they had taken mine instead.{quote}

Mohammad Zaker, 60. 

Heart condition. 

Mohammad tells his stories in whispers, constantly looking over his shoulder to ensure he is not being overheard. One day, he says, while he was out working as a forced labourer on a government construction site, policemen came to his house and raped his daughter, so brutally that she was told she would never be able to bear children. Not even such unspeakable trauma could erode his daughter's beauty, he says, and soon after they arrived at the camp, a Rohingya rickshaw driver from the Chittagong Hills asked for her hand in marriage. Mohammad couldn't refuse, though tears fill his eyes as he describes the conflict over whether he should have told her suitor of what happened in Burma. He didn't and the husband still has no idea he will never hold his own children. "Nasaka took away the life of my grandchildren," says Mohammad, "I wish they had taken mine instead."