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Rohingya

Teacher Resources

Thank you for making portraits for Rohingya children!

We know that many teachers use the Portrait Program as a chance to teach their students about the lives and culture of the children for whom they create portraits. Feel free to use the following resources to guide your discussions. 

Overview

The Rohingya ethnic minority has been called the "most unwanted" group of people on Earth.  Nearly a million fled genocide in Myanmar last year and are currently sheltering in a huge refugee settlement in Bangladesh.  Most of these families have little more than a few cooking pans and a handful of clothes.  For these children, who have rarely seen photos of themselves, the portraits will be gifts they could never have previously imagined.  Thank you for helping us show these children they are not "unwanted" in our shared humanity.  

Helpful Links

Learn more about the Rohingya people--their culture, roots, and history of persecution with this Al Jazeera article

WHO ARE THE ROHINGYA?

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This short Unicef video shows Rohingya children in refugee camps using art as a form of expression and trauma therapy. 

ART AS EXPRESSION

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Get an idea of what Rohingya traditional cuisine consists of in this post from The Stateless Rohingya

ROHINGYA CUISINE

This Rohingya song from Arakan is an example of traditional Rohingya music played on an 8-string mandolin. 

ROHINGYA MUSIC

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See what it's like to live as Rohingya in Bangladesh's largest refugee camp with this Youtube video. 

LIFE IN REFUGEE CAMPS

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CNN compiled a series of short videos on all aspects of the Rohingya Crisis that you can watch here.   

ROHINGYA CRISIS

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