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Behind the Scenes Bangladesh

Balukhali Refugee Camp

2019

Over 1 million Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar since 2017 and are living in refugee camps in Bangladesh. In April 2019 we were in the Balukhali refugee camps outside Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh and near the Myanmar border.

According to the United Nations, the refugees have fled brutal violence and armed attacks in Rakhine State, Myanmar, where hundreds of villages have been emptied, many of them burned to the ground. Many of those displaced are Rohingya, the largest stateless population in the world. The influx has overwhelmed existing camps and settlements in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. For decades, the Rohingya have faced a vicious cycle of persecution, discrimination and violent repression.