Andre Malerba

Photographer
  
Exodus
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Nationality: American
Biography: Andre is a fully accredited photojournalist based in Bangkok, Thailand. He has worked all over Southeast Asia and further afield, from Sri Lanka to Mongolia. From 2013-2016 he covered Myanmar exclusively, as the country struggled through the... read on
Public Story
Exodus
Copyright andre malerba 2021
Updated 04/11/20
The Rohingya people have long been prosecuted and persecuted in Myanmar. The Myanmar government denies their right to exist, insisting that they are Bengali and have no claim to citizenship. For years, tens of thousands were forced into refugee camps in Sittwe in Rakhine State. They had one full time doctor for over 140,000 people. In 2014 the government banned foreign aid groups from operating in the camps. Rohingya that were able to remain in their villages lived in fear. This trend finally peaked in 2017 as the Myanmar military openly burned villages and opened fire on Rohingya, forcing them to flee in terror. More than half a million crossed the boarder into Bangladesh after walking for weeks, many bearing knife or gun wounds or worse. Stories of torture and rape were rampant. To this day they remain in camps outside Cox's Bazar with no place to go. Though the Myanmar government has offered to repatriate them, none have volunteered to go back, opting instead to stay in the crowded makeshift camps. The fear of what might happen to them should they return to Myanmar is too great.
5,277

Also by Andre Malerba —

VISUAL STORY

Origins, Understanding Covid-19: Bloomberg

By ©2021 Andre Malerba — Researchers from the Thai Red Cross Emerging Infectious Diseases Health Science Center study bats during a..
VISUAL STORY

Step Into My (Home) Office: Rest Of World

By ©2021 Andre Malerba — Hnoi Latthitham, 58, reinvented herself during the Covid-19 pandemic. She took her love of Thai food and..
VISUAL STORY

Covid-19: Thailand - Ongoing

By ©2021 Andre Malerba — With the typical influx of tourists during Chinese New Year, Thailand was expected to experience a severe..
VISUAL STORY

Published

By ©2021 Andre Malerba
VISUAL STORY

Built On Their Backs

By ©2019 Andre Malerba — The home and workplace of Naing Lin, his wife Than Nwe, and the birthplace of their four children, is a..
VISUAL STORY

Travel

By Andre Malerba — Travel images should bring the viewer to faraway places and inspire them to venture off the beaten path..
VISUAL STORY

Singles

By Andre Malerba — The Rohingya refugee crises in 2014, the historic Myanmar election in 2015, dangerous gold mines and daily..
Join us
for more access