Ro Anamul Hassan
Poet and Photographer
Anamul was born in 1997 in northern Maungdaw, Arakan. He graduated secondary school with high marks in 2014 and was about to study physics at university, but unfortunately, becasue he was Rohingya he was discriminated and not allowed to join university. His family has suffered much discrimination: ‘My grandfather was murdered and five of his uncles were sentenced to 73 years in prison for no reason. Although they are innocent, they face a lifetime in prison where they are tortured daily. Sadly, they cannot find justice. I was driven out of Myanmar like a nest is flung by a storm. How rough has this persecution been on me? It’s really beyond imagination. For me, poetry and photography are like raising voices from my obscure life. I wish the world to know my pain through my poetry and to see my sufferings through my photography.’ —said Anamul.
His poems have been featured in I am a Rohingya, Rohingya Dreams, Poetry For Humanity, Oxfam, Frontier Myanmar and in some other anthologies. In 2020, he won the first prize in a poetry competition organised by the Danish Refugee Council, and a photography competition organised by the Japanese media, and in 2022 he received a prize from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. His artwork was featured in a short article by Prof Tom Arcaro from Elon University.