The Rohingya people have been desperately escaping Myanmar, the country where they have faced persecution for generations. The situation now borders on genocide and more than 700,000 have fled just in the past few months to find safety in the neighboring Bangladesh.

Though the refugees are mostly in camps in Cox Bazar, Bangladesh, Rohingyas also been trickling into the United States in recent years. Over 400 families have settled in Rogers Park on Chicago’s North Side, one of the country’s largest concentrations of Rohingya. The body of work explores their journey to assimilate into American life while staying true to the traditions of their home country and Islam.

The story was originally published in The New York Times, October of 2017.