This series of photographs depict portraits of babies who are born refugees – in the womb of Rohingya women when crossing the Myanmar-Bangladesh border, and born at refugee camps inside Bangladesh. The future of these babies are called into doubt in the context of them being stateless. Both Myanmar and Bangladesh do not consider these new-borns as their citizens.
The consequences of being born and having a life in such limbo is horrible! Without any birth record the future of these babies are completely uncertain and it’s a life long curse. Without the birth certificate they cannot enroll in any school or any other official educational curriculum. Without education, what future can be expected? Moreover, they face severe nutritional imbalance, with a lack of proper medical facilities.
The babies in the photographs are aged between 1 day and 3 months old. The approach was to show the babies not as refugees, but as innocent as any other baby would be. The colourful backdrops are blankets given to Rohingya families as relief aid that metaphorically represents the refugee status of these babies. These photographs are meant to provoke doubts around the future of babies born in an alien place where they have no rights and no statehood and are ultimately meant to show that children are the worst sufferers in any conflict, anywhere.