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New photo exhibit at JHM examines plight of Rohingya

Rohingya men wait in line for food dispersal from aid agencies. (Andrew Stanbridge)

The Jewish History Museum is currently showing “Call Me Rohingya,” an exhibition that illuminates the persecution of Rohingya people, an ethnic minority in Burma, through the photographic works of Andrew Stanbridge. Staged in the Allen and Marianne Langer Contemporary Human Rights Gallery in the Gould Family Holocaust History Center at the Jewish History Museum, the exhibit will be on view through May 31, 2019.

The exhibition intentionally connects the 1982 Citizenship Laws enacted by the military rulers of Burma with the Nuremberg Race Laws (1935) enacted by the Nazi government in Germany to reveal the ways that governments have used the denial of citizenship rights as a tool to harass and vilify targeted groups as “alien” to the nation, says Bryan Davis, executive director of the museum. “Call Me Rohingya” also highlights the ways that social media is being used to spread disinformation and hate speech.

The museum is located at 564 S. Stone Ave. “Call Me Rohingya” is open for public viewing Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 1-5 p.m. and Fridays noon-3 p.m. For more information or to arrange a group visit www.jewishhistorymuseum.org or call 670-9073.

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