RF had the great pleasure of working with Shameem Subrana and Shabab Murshid Development Foundation (SMDF) painting with at risk children living in slums in Dhaka. There will be an exhibition of the children's work at Rogue Space Chelsea November with all proceeds benefitting scholarships for children to continue their education. Sincere thanks to Rogue Foundation's great friend Khurshid Saleem of the New York Art Connection for making this project become a reality.
We also had a wonderful opportunity courtesy of our dear friends at the Cox's Bazare Art Club and completed an art empowerment program with children in the Rohingya refugee camp on the border of Myanmar and Southern Bangladesh. The Rohingya children's art will also be exhibited at Rogue in Fall.
The Rohingya refugees are a stateless Indo-Aryan-speaking people who reside in Rakhine State, Myanmar (also known as Burma). There were an estimated about 1 million Rohingya living in Myanmar before the crisis. The UN reported that an estimated 603,000 refugees from Rakhine, Myanmar, had crossed the border into Bangladesh since August 25, 2017 following violent ethnic cleansing of tens of thousands by the Myanmar military.
The Rohingya are described by the United Nations in 2013 as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world.
All proceeds from the children's exhibition will be used to help the receive schooling in the camps.
It was such a pleasure to see these young kids who have suffered so much violence and loss of family members, be able to focus their energy on painting their dreams.