About the series: Since they lost citizenship the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s western Rakhine province have been exposed to something resembling ethnic cleansing. In June 2012, 140,000 Rohingyas were driven away from their homes in the main city Sittwe, several thousand Muslim houses were burnt down and more than 200 people were killed by the military and police as they tried to save their homes.
The Rohingya in Myanmar now live in government- controlled camps for internally displaced people just a few kilometers from their former homes. The camps are like prisons, they can’t go outside and are cut off from the world. The children can’t go to school, and very little aid is offered. Their only way of escape is the Bay of Bengal in handmade boats. The most obvious place to go was Bangladesh. But there are already many Rohingyas there and the country has other problems. Those who flee Myanmar now, go to Malaysia or Thailand. A journey of more than 2,000 Kilometers.
About the Photographer: Michael Drost-Hansen started his photographic career as a commercial photographer. After five years in the studio, he decided to study photojournalism. Michael works passionately with many types of stories, but is particularly committed to stories concerning refugees and human rights. He has worked with refugees in Denmark and Romania, vagabonds and people in Denmark, and internally displaced people from the ethnic cleansing in Myanmar among other stories.