Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh

Rohingya refugees in Teknaf, Bangladesh, 1992

In 1992 more than 250,000 Rohingya refugees fled forced labor, rape and religious persecution at the hands of the Burmese army. With the assistance of UNHCR and non-governmental relief agencies, the Bangladeshi government sheltered the refugees in nineteen camps in the vicinity of Cox’s Bazar in southeastern Bangladesh. Many have since returned -mainly under pressure of the Bangladesh Government- but as the Burmese intimidations continue new groups of Rohingya’s keep looking for a save shelter in Bangladesh, like in 2017 and 2018.

I was the first journalist present in Teknaf on the first day when the refugees arrived.