Thursday, 27 February 2020
July 2007
Decades after Burma's military junta forced the Rohingyas into exile, their suffering still continues. Trapped in displacement camps, they survive on starvation rations in constant fear of abuse.
"My people are rotting", despairs one refugee. The Bangladesh government, classes the Rohingyas as illegal immigrants. According to the UNHCR, guards at the displacement camp are accused of; "forcing refugees into prostitution, extortion and stealing food". But unbelievably, the Rohingyas here are the lucky ones. Thousands more live in slums along the Naj river without the basic protection of the UN. Bangladesh refuses to feed them and bans any outside agency providing aid. "We survive by collecting leaves and boiling them", states one woman. "No-one cares about us".