A humbling experience for former rock star

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 13 September, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 13 September, 2007, 12:00am

There's more to life than rock 'n' roll now for Paul Wong Koon-chung. The Beyond guitarist turned photographer saw another side of life on a recent Medecins Sans Frontieres trip to a border town in Bangladesh to witness the desperate situation of the Rohingya people. As a Muslim minority in northern Myanmar facing forced labour, exploitation and intimidation, they fled en masse.

About 260,000 people now live in two camps while some 7,500 others can't even get refugee status due to their lack of documentation. Wong visited a makeshift camp, which he described as a living hell. 'The life of a beggar, living underneath a flyover here in Hong Kong is already a luxury to the Rohingya,' Wong explained at a press conference on Tuesday.

'What shocked me the most was the fact that no matter how hard they try, they can't see a future, they don't even dream about tomorrow ... and it's been this way for 15 years.'

The experience left Wong humbled. 'I remember we had a little party eating canned food and I couldn't imagine I would ever be so happy eating from a tin. It was quite incredible.'

Wong's trip is captured in an MSF photo exhibition which will show at several malls and even in Guangzhou.

For more info about the exhibit, contact 29594229 or visit www.msf. org.hk.