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Ro Mon Sur Ali

Photographer

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Ro Mon Sur Ali where he grew up with no freedom or full human rights. He likes to share the story of how he escaped the military genocide and fled to Bangladesh, where he now lives in the Cox's Bazar refugee camp. 

"I saw lakhs of people were escaping from the east-south-east to west-north-west to flee to Bangladesh. With my people, I started fleeing too." — he said.

In August 2017, the military started operations against the Rohingya people in different villages in the Arakan State. They were shooting and killing whom they found in front. They burnt Rohingya people inside the houses by firing launchers and setting fire and were shooting those trying to escape. At least 288 villages were burned to ashes, and thousands of Rohingya people were made homeless and hopeless. The sky was filled with smoke and the ground with blood. In such a time, The Rohingya people were leaping up and down with deaths on the battle ground like a fish leaps on the land. Ro Mon Sur Ali and his family had to flee, It took them five days to reach the Naf River, hiding in the forests to avoid the military, and crossing the Naf River where some of his family members drowned. Finally, they reached the Bangladesh border. "For us, it was a danger over the danger." — he explained. 

 

"I'm interested in photography and poetry since I was a student. These allow me to tell the stories of my people in many different ways sopeople around the world can see how the Rohingya are living everyday in the world largest refugee camp in Bangladesh." — he said

Ro Mon Sur loves photography and In his free time, he composes Rohingya poems and stories, many of which have been published in The Art Garden Rohingya, an online platform for Rohingya poets. In 2022, he won a prize at the 2022 Rohingya Photo Competition, and most recently he won a poetry translation prize during the Rohingya Genocide Remembrance Day Art Contest (photo below). 

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