AP PHOTOS: Portraits of Rohingya survivors of capsized boat

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AP PHOTOS: Portraits of Rohingya survivors of capsized boat
AP PHOTOS: Portraits of Rohingya survivors of capsized boat

KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh (AP) – Mohamed is 6 years old, Rashida is 23, Lalu is 50. All are among the survivors who swam ashore at Bangladesh’s Inani Beach after a merciless wave capsized their wooden boat during a dark night in September in the Bay of Bengal.

They were Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in their home in Myanmar and headed to Bangladesh. But the storm was fierce, the boatman got lost, the engine broke a few miles from shore. Originally there were 80 or so passengers; only 24 survived. Malika, Yasin, Fatima.

They are survivors, but cursed with pain. Their emotional anchors – mothers, brothers, daughters – are gone, swallowed by the sea.

The Rohingya have been called the most persecuted minority in the world by the United Nations.

Abdul, Noor, Anwar.

In this Oct. 1, 2017, combination of images, Rohingya Muslim survivors of a boat capsizing, from left to right: Mohamed Junaid, Mohamed Sadek, Noor Fatima, and Sona Mia, stands for a photograph at Kutupalong camp for newly arrived Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
In this Oct. 1, 2017, photo, a 22-year-old Rohingya Muslim Nuro Salam, from Myanmar’s Moidaung Village, stands for a photograph inside a classroom of a school serving as a transit shelter at Kutupalong camp for newly arrived Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Nuro’s wife Sanzida and son drowned when the boat they were traveling in, to escape from Myanmar, capsized on Sept. 28. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
In this Oct. 1, 2017, photo, survivor of a boat capsize Fatima Khatun, from Myanmar’s Moidaung Village, stands for a photograph at a transit shelter at Kutupalong camp for newly arrived Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Fatima lost her mother and two siblings when the boat they were traveling in, to escape from Myanmar, capsized on Sept. 28. She survived along with her father Lalu Mia and two other siblings. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
In this Oct. 1, 2017, photo, survivor of a boat capsize Mohamed Junaid, from Myanmar’s Moidaung Village, stands for a photograph at a transit shelter at Kutupalong camp for newly arrived Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Junaid lost his mother and two siblings when the boat they were traveling on, to escape from Myanmar, capsized on Sept. 28. He survived along with his father Lalu Mia and two other siblings. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
In this Oct. 1, 2017, photo, fifty-year old survivor of a boat capsize Lalu Mia, from Myanmar’s Moidaung Village, stands for a photograph at a transit shelter at Kutupalong camp for newly arrived Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Lalu lost his wife and two children when the boat they were traveling on, to escape from Myanmar, capsized on Sept. 28. “My wife died, my daughter died, my son died. The water took them all,” he said. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
In this Oct. 1, 2017, photo, thirteen-year old survivor of a boat capsize Tosilima, from Myanmar’s Moidaung Village, stands for a photograph at a transit shelter at Kutupalong camp for newly arrived Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Tosilima’s mother and two sisters drowned when a boat they were traveling in, to make their escape from Myanmar, capsized on Sept. 28. She survived along with her father Mohamed Kasim and three siblings. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
In this Oct. 1, 2017, photo, 18-year old survivor of a boat capsize Sazida Begum, from Myanmar’s Moidaung Village, stands for a photograph at a transit shelter at Kutupalong camp for newly arrived Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Begum’s mother and two sisters drowned when a boat they were traveling in, to make their escape from Myanmar, capsized on Sept. 28. She survived along with her father Mohamed Kasim and three siblings. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
In this Oct. 1, 2017, photo, eleven-year-old survivor of a boat capsize Anwar Sadek, from Myanmar’s Moidaung Village, stands for a photograph at a transit shelter at Kutupalong camp for newly arrived Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Anwar’s mother and two sisters drowned when a boat they were traveling in, to make their escape from Myanmar, capsized on Sept. 28. Anwar survived along with his father Mohamed Kasim and three siblings. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
In this Oct. 1, 2017, photo six-year old survivor of a boat capsize Mohamed Sadek, from Myanmar’s Moidaung Village, stands for a photograph at a transit shelter at Kutupalong camp for newly arrived Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Sadek’s mother and two sisters drowned when the boat they were traveling in, to make their escape from Myanmar, capsized on Sept. 28. Sadek survived along with his father Mohamed Kasim and three siblings. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
In this Oct. 1, 2017, photo forty-year-old Mohamed Kasim, from Myanmar’s Moidaung Village, stands for a photograph at a transit shelter at Kutupalong camp for newly arrived Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. . Kasim’s wife and two daughters drowned when a boat they were traveling in, to make their escape from Myanmar, capsized on Sept. 28. Kasim survived along with four other children. “Somebody from the shore pulled me out of the water. I didn’t know about anyone else. I just knew that I was alive,” he said. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
In this Oct. 1, 2017, photo, 23-year old Rashida, from Myanmar’s Moidaung Village, sits for a photograph at a transit shelter at Kutupalong camp for newly arrived Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Rashida lost six members of her family when the boat they were traveling in capsized on Sept. 28 – her husband, her seven-month-old baby, her mother and two sisters drowned while her father went missing following the accident. The boat capsized just 1,000 feet (300 meters) from shore, taking the lives of at least 50 people, most of them children, in the deadliest tragedy of its kind since the crisis exploded in late August. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
In this Oct. 1, 2017, photo, Rohingya Muslim woman Malika, from Myanmar’s Moidaung village, stands for a photograph at Kutupalong camp for newly arrived Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Three of Malika’s children, aged six-months to six-years, drowned when the fishing boat they were traveling in, to make their escape from Myanmar, capsized on Sept. 28. “That’s when I knew something had gone terribly wrong. I knew we had gone too far when people started throwing up,” Malika said on smelling saltwater and realizing they were in the ocean when the boat lost its way. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
In this Oct. 1, 2017, photo, a Rohingya Muslim man Sona Mia, from Myanmar’s Moidaung village, stands for a photograph at Kutupalong camp for newly arrived Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Three of Mia’s children aged six-months to six-years drowned when the fishing boat they traveling in, to escape from Myanmar to Bangladesh, capsized on Sept. 28. “we will never go back,” Mia said on Myanmar. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
In this Oct. 1, 2017, photo, Rohingya man Alam Jafar sits for a photograph at a transit shelter for newly arrived Rohingya refugees at Kutupalong camp in Bangladesh. In Myanmar, the 25-year-old farmer owned a verdant rice field, a boat that ferried passengers up and down the river and lived in a four-room house made of wood and bamboo surrounded by coconut and mango trees. When the mob came to his village on Sept. 25, Jafar had no choice but to flee with his wife and three children. The boat they were traveling on capsized on Sept. 28 and left him as the sole survivor in a family of 5. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
In this Oct. 1, 2017, photo, 8-year-old Yasin Ullah, from Myanmar’s Moidaung village, poses for a photograph at a transit shelter at Kutupalong camp for newly arrived Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Abdul’s mother drowned when the boat she was traveling in along with her four sons capsized on Sept. 29. The brothers said their father was shot and killed by the Myanmar army. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
In this Oct. 1, 2017, photo, 16-year-old Abdul Rashid, from Myanmar’s Moidaung village, poses for a photograph at a transit shelter at Kutupalong camp for newly arrived Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Abdul’s mother drowned when the boat she was traveling in along with her four sons capsized on Sept. 29. The brothers said their father was shot and killed by the Myanmar army. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
In this Oct. 1, 2017, photo nine-year-old Abdul Rakhim, from Myanmar’s Moidaung village, poses for a photograph at a transit shelter at Kutupalong camp for newly arrived Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Abdul’s mother drowned when the boat she was traveling in along with her four sons capsized on Sept. 29. The brothers said their father was shot and killed by the Myanmar army. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
In this Oct. 1, 2017, photo, a Rohingya Muslim boy from Myanmar’s Moidaung Village Abdul Gawfar, 13, poses for a photograph inside a transit shelter at Kutupalong camp for newly arrived Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. His mother drowned when the boat the family was traveling in capsized on Sept. 29. Gophor almost drowned too and was reunited with his brothers after two days of medical treatment. His mother drowned in the accident. The brothers said their father was shot and killed by the Myanmar army. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
In this Oct. 1, 2017, photo, 20-year-old Noor Fatima, from Myanmar’s Moidaung Village, poses for a photograph with her son Abdul Rahaman inside a classroom serving as a transit shelter for newly arrived Rohingya refugees at Kutupalong camp in Bangladesh. Fatima, her husband 30-year old Abdul Salam, nine-month-old son Shaju Rahaman and Abdul Rahaman were passengers of the boat that capsized on Sept. 28. Shaju Rahaman was in Fatima’s lap when the boat capsized. He died few hours after they were rescued. Asked if it was worth it, Fatima said “I lost my child, but why would I want to go back to Myanmar? I want to forget about that country.” (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
In this Oct. 1, 2017, photo, Abdul Salam, 30, from Myanmar’s Moidaung Village, poses for a photograph inside a classroom of a school that serves as a transit shelter for newly arrived Rohingya refugees at Kutupalong camp in Bangladesh. Abdul, his wife Noor Fatima, 20, nine-month old son Shaju Rahaman and Abdul Rahaman were passengers of the boat that capsized on Sept. 28, 2017. Their infant son Shaju was in his mother’s lap when the boat capsized. He died a few hours after being rescued. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
In this Sept. 30, 2017, photo, Rohingya refugee survivors of a Sept. 28 boat capsize walk in a group to a registration center at Kutupalong camp for newly arrived Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. The boat capsized just 1,000 feet (300 meters) from shore, taking the lives of at least 50 people, most of them children, in the deadliest tragedy of its kind since the crisis exploded in late August. They were part of the largest human exodus in Asia since the Vietnam War, a colossal tide of more than 500,000 Rohingya Muslims whose homes had been torched by Buddhist mobs and soldiers. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
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