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Al-Emrun Garjon (Bangladeshi)

Filmed in September 2017 and April 2018, Bangladesh

The Rohingya Crisis

Commissioned and broadcast by Associated Press

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have poured into Bangladesh since August 2017, fleeing persecution and violence in the Rakhine province of Myanmar. Garjon’s footage, chosen from reports filed daily throughout September 2017 and April 2018, captures their plight and their struggle to survive. We see exhausted men, women and children risking their lives crossing the sea and rivers, trudging through mudded fields to reach safety. Those who survive the journey recount the killings, violence and destruction that drove them from their homes. The plight of the Rohingya continues over the following months; as Bangladesh's monsoon season begins, so too does the threat of flash floods and mudslides.

Garjon is a veteran Bangladeshi photojournalist and videographer. He began his career at New Age, a leading Bangladeshi newspaper, in 2004 as a staff photographer where he shot over 200 cover photos as well as a number of photo stories on climate change, violence, prostitution, and working conditions in factories in Bangladesh. In 2010, he began working as a freelance video journalist for the Associated Press. He was selected as a news finalist for the Rory Peck Awards 2013 after being one of the first journalists at the site of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in April that year. His work has also covered the deadly Tanzin Garments factory fire, protests over the Prophet Muhammad movie, and a number of other major events in Bangladesh

Judges Comments

“You think you know everything about a story….you know about what caused the Rohingya exodus - the burning of the villages, the they got on the boats and fled to refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh. But what struck me with Garjon’s piece was the individual moments. I had no idea that those fleeing did so through head-high water. Or that they trudged through three foot deep mud. Or that even getting off the boats was hazardous. The attention to detail that is revealed in this is incredible.”