Life Inside Bangladesh’s Rohingya Refugee Camps

Jesmin Papri
Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

Thousands of Rohingya Muslims have sought refuge in southeastern Bangladesh in recent months after fleeing a military crackdown in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, but many are living amid hard conditions on the Bangladeshi side of the border.

About 65,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since the crackdown in Myanmar began in early October, according to U.N. estimates. They joined about 300,000 who were already living Cox’s Bazar, the Bangladeshi district that lies across the Naaf River from Rakhine.

Life in the refugee camps here means sharing a water source with thousands of others or building a family shelter out of available materials, including plastic and mud. Some resort to begging near the camps to survive.

To learn about living conditions of some of the new arrivals, a BenarNews correspondent recently visited two Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar.

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