Conflict has a serious impact on the life of women and their role in family and society. Through the ages, the presence of heightened insecurity and fear has forced many women and children to flee their homes, forming inadequate settlements for refugees, displaced, and stateless communities. The roles of family and society, dictated by culture and history, disintegrate in the presence of conflict. Women are forced to assume new responsibilities, roles, strength of character and resilience.
Faced with the silence and ignorance of the media and the international community, the Rohingya are condemned to a bleak existence.
While women are not particularly more vulnerable than men, conflict affects the life of women in a fundamentally different way. Symbolically positioned as the bearers of culture, ethnic identity and carrying the responsibility for producing future generations, women are repeatedly undervalued in what is a traditional, patriarchal, and male-dominated community.
Acts of Resilience documents the plight of Rohingya women in an effort to draw attention not only to their alarming living conditions but also to the importance of the changing role of women in a state of conflict and post-conflict. This photo-essay seeks to highlight the resilience, strength of character, and individuality of these women. It aims to show that despite living in a day-to-day state of despair, they still uphold the responsibility of caring for their families and community, as well as the fate of a forgotten ethnic minority at risk of disappearing completely.
Marta Tucci is a freelance documentary photographer and writer. Her work focuses on developing long-term projects that explore issues of identity and social exclusion, paying close attention to the plight of displaced and marginalized communities in the aftermath of war. Website: http://www.martatucci.com