Bangladesh

A massive fire broke out Monday in the world's largest refugee camp, in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, where around 900,000 Rohingya people are living. According to initial estimates from the United Nations, 15 people have lost their lives in the blaze, 560 people have been injured, and some 45,000...
Faruk is a Rohingya refugee, living in a camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. “No one wants to be a refugee; the life we have here is not easy,” he says. “We live in an open prison. Life for a refugee is hellish and every day is the same. I can’t travel outside the area of the camps as we need special...
“Spending our lives in the camps is difficult; the area is small and there is no space for the children to play,” says Abu Siddik. He lives in one of the camps in the Cox’s Bazar district of south-eastern Bangladesh, where around 860,000 Rohingya refugees are crammed into just 26 square kilometres...
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) opens a new COVID-19 isolation and treatment centre in the Nayapara refugee camp, in the Teknaf upazila (sub-district) of Cox’s Bazar district. The opening of the Severe Acute Respiratory Infection — Isolation and Treatment Centre (SARI-ITC) is...
Young Bangladeshi mother Noor Haba pulls her headscarf close around her face with one hand; with the other she strokes the back of her seven-year-old daughter Shahara, who lies semi-conscious on the hospital bed. Shahara is being treated for thalassaemia, a genetic blood disorder. “I’m afraid all...

In 2017, the world’s attention focused on Myanmar’s Rohingya, ethnic Muslims who are today the largest stateless group in the world.

Nazrul Islam, medical assistant and Mahabuba Khatun, nurse aid, triage a patient at MSF’s Jamtoli primary healthcare clinic in the Cox’s Bazar refugee camps. © Daniella Ritzau-Rei/MSF
One of the most densely populated countries in the world, Bangladesh also houses the world’s largest refugee camp. Across Cox's Bazar, nearly one million Rohingya refugees live in overcrowded, unsanitary conditions. As COVID-19 spreads through Bangladesh, these are the five key challenges to...
On various occasions since the Andaman crisis, including during the Bali Process, Malaysia and other South East Asian nations have emphasised the primacy of saving lives at sea. © Stéphane Coletti/MSF

In recent weeks, there have been numerous discussions in Malaysia related to the country’s ability to provide a safe haven for people in need of protection, after having survived a treacherous journey by sea.

Loaded like human cargo into a wooden fishing trawler, around 500 people attempting to reach Malaysia from refugee camps in Bangladesh were starved and beaten by people smugglers during a two-month voyage.

In a pink room decorated with white flowers at Médecins Sans Frontières’ (MSF) Kutupalong field hospital in Bangladesh, a woman lies curled around her sleeping child. Next to her, a young mother cradles a baby whilst her other daughter plays with a balloon. Rows of beds stretch in either direction...
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