Rohingya Muslims

PhotographerAndre Malerba
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryWoodstock, United States
Photo DateMay 6, 2014
Technical InfoCanon 5D Mark III, 35mm f/1.4
Entry Description

SITTWE, BURMA - MAY 06: Rosheda, 20, holds her malnourished child, 2 months old, in front of her hut. She is one of approximately 150,000 Rohingya Muslims, in IDP camps, who were affected by the Myanmar government's decision to withdraw healthcare and aid NGOs in early 2014. At the time, there was one full time doctor for the combined population of the IDP camps, and only a small handful of extra doctors visited the camps periodically, equipped to deal with minor illnesses only. Trips to outside hospitals required lengthy documents and were routinely denied. (Andre Malerba/Getty Images)

About Photographer

Andre Malerba (b. 1987) has lived in Yangon, Burma since early 2013, exploring the quickly transforming country, looking beyond the popular transition story in an attempt to express a more complete view of the challenges faced. Rural development, failing healthcare among Rohingya refugees, and cultural nuance along the Irrawaddy river have captured his attention. His work has been featured by Time Lightbox and published in: Al Jazeera, Pro Photographer Magazine, Focus Asean, Chronicle of Higher Education and Myanmar Times, among others. He has also worked with NGOs such as Médecins Sans Frontières and WORTH. Andre is a graduate of the Photojournalism and Documentary Photography program at the International Center of Photography in New York City, a participant at the 25th Eddie Adams Workshop in 2012, and a full scholarship recipient of the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop in 2014.