Who are the Rohingya? What is happening to them? Is it genocide and what can be done about it?
Amnesty International describes the Rohingya as “one of the most persecuted minorities in the world”. They have fled from Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh, with almost 60% of the refugees being children, who are all now being faced with deportation, even though they remain stateless, with uncertain futures. It has been observed that there has been very little awareness of this catastrophic human disaster in the Western world.
Coordinated by Dr Tasleem Shakur, Senior Lecturer in Geography at Edge Hill University, this will be an evening of panel discussions and performances, culminating in a screening of a Rohingya documentary. Plus a special issue of SACS (South Asian Culture Studies) journal, entitled ‘Imaging South Asian Culture in Non-English’ will be launched to address and counter the post-colonial status quo of both academic and journalistic writings and representations.
To continue to raise awareness, an exhibition will run from 18th May to 9th June. The exhibition will contain paintings of the similar 1971 Bangladesh/Pakistan conflict and current Rohingya situation, by accomplished Bangladeshi/French artist, Shahabuddin. There will also be recent and old photographs, taken by Bangladeshi photo journalist, Fojit Sheikh Babu, of the day to day lives of the Rohingya community since their arrival in Bangladesh from Myanmar.
- 6.30pm – Exhibition preview, Hale Hall
- 7.30pm – Introduction (Dr Tasleem Shakur), Arts Centre
- 7.40pm – Rohingya Documentary Screening
- 8.00pm – Artistic Performances
- 8.30pm – Panel Discussion
- 9.00pm – ‘Imaging South Asian Culture in Non-English’ Launch
- 9.30pm – Close
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