Yasmin Fatima of Bhasan Char
A visual diary of island life by Ro Mojibur.
Yasmin Fatima (right), a mother of five.
“Faced with despair and dwindling hope on the island, Yasmin was compelled to make a decision no parent should ever have to face. She made the choice to leave with only one of her children – her youngest.
The gravity of Yasmin’s situation was highlighted in an Indonesian online news report, showing refugees who had just landed. Her family, still in the Bhasan Char camp, recognised her in the footage, a fleeting glimpse that brought a moment of hope.
However, their brief joy turned to profound sorrow when they learned that the child Yasmin had taken with her, the sole companion of her hopeful escape, had not survived the journey. The cause of the child’s death was tragically all too common in such desperate voyages: consumption of salt water.”