Galleries: Rohingya Refugee Portraits, Bangladesh. 2009: rohingyasportraitsweb-9

Emamin, 35.Emamin appears young for his 35 years, his upper body lean and muscular from his labours, yet his eyes display the death-numbed weariness of a trench soldier as he describes his family's sufferings in Burma. He says that his sister was kidnapped by the Nasaka, the Burmese border police, and died while in custody; his family was never given any explanation, nor was the body returned to them for burial despite coutless requests. Soon after, his wife died from illness. Emamain refused to give up, throwing himself into his work and toiling on his field with renewed determination, but when the government occupied his land he knew it was time to leave. {quote}They took everything from me,{quote} he says. {quote}I don't expect anything from life now. All I want is to live out the rest of my days in peace.{quote}

Emamin, 35. 

Emamin appears young for his 35 years, his upper body lean and muscular from his labours, yet his eyes display the death-numbed weariness of a trench soldier as he describes his family's sufferings in Burma. He says that his sister was kidnapped by the Nasaka, the Burmese border police, and died while in custody; his family was never given any explanation, nor was the body returned to them for burial despite coutless requests. Soon after, his wife died from illness. Emamain refused to give up, throwing himself into his work and toiling on his field with renewed determination, but when the government occupied his land he knew it was time to leave. "They took everything from me," he says. "I don't expect anything from life now. All I want is to live out the rest of my days in peace."