Here are some recent portraits that were done by NAHS (National Art Honor Society) students for the Memory Project. The portraits are of Rohingya refugee children living in Bangladesh. The Rohingya ethnic minority has been called the “most unwanted” people on Earth. Nearly a million fled genocide in Myanmar (formally Burma) last year and are currently sheltering in a huge refugee settlement in Bangladesh. Most of these families have little more than a few cooking pans and a handful of clothes. For these children, who have rarely seen photos of themselves, the portraits will be a gift that they could have never previously imagined. The portraits were sent out on Jan 14th and should reach the refuges in the next few weeks. NAHS did 20 portraits in total. We are planning on doing more portraits of orphans this Spring possibly from Puerto Rico, Columbia, and Russia.
The artists for these portraits are Ava Van Vechten ’19, Alex Seifert ’19, Sofia Girolami ’19, Marisol Teran ’19, Claire Nowicki ’21, Alex Spellios ’20, Emily Grygar ’20, and Anapaula Rios Miranda ’21.