PROJECT WITH ROHINGYA REFUGEES | bangladesh
The Kutupalong refugee camp is home to one million Rohingya refugees who have fled violence across the border in neighbouring Myanmar.
The camp is vast; countless temporary bamboo shelters stretch as far as the eye can see, shimmering in the heat.
During my week in Cox's Bazaar in Bangladesh, I visited a number of the women and child-friendly spaces run by the NGO BRAC. A couple of mornings were spent painting with the children there. The children all want to paint colourful flowers, trees and their homes. Looking around the camp you can understand why – there is not a tree in sight! Eight months ago, before the most recent influx, this area in Bangladesh was a forest populated by wild elephants.
My heart is full of the stories of suffering I’ve heard here in the camp. Each shelter, every family holds memories of grief and terror. Houses burning; soldiers shooting; loved ones scattered in the jungle; days without food or water, until exhausted they arrive at the border. Many did not survive.
Their future in Bangladesh is uncertain. Thousands are stranded in limbo, waiting anxiously to hear what will become of them.