Galleries: Rohingya Refugee Portraits, Bangladesh. 2009: rohingyasportraitsweb-2

Shariat, 65.Severe respiratory disease.His chest heavingly ominously, Shariat manages to stand unaided while his portrait is taken, his mouth forming the name 'Allah' over and over again, even when his voice is too weak to articulate it. {quote}He was a carpenter in Burma,{quote} says a neighbour who helped carry him down from his mud shack on the hill, {quote}and people still bring him things that need fixing, even though he's so weak he can barely stand.{quote} As if on cue, Shariat collapses in the background. A group of young mmen hoist him into a plastic chair and begin carrying him back up the hill, the procession lent an oddly regal air and old Shariat looking from a distance like an ailing king on his raised throne.

Shariat, 65. 

Severe respiratory disease. 

His chest heavingly ominously, Shariat manages to stand unaided while his portrait is taken, his mouth forming the name 'Allah' over and over again, even when his voice is too weak to articulate it. "He was a carpenter in Burma," says a neighbour who helped carry him down from his mud shack on the hill, "and people still bring him things that need fixing, even though he's so weak he can barely stand." As if on cue, Shariat collapses in the background. A group of young mmen hoist him into a plastic chair and begin carrying him back up the hill, the procession lent an oddly regal air and old Shariat looking from a distance like an ailing king on his raised throne.