Kutupalong

Western Myanmar’s Rohingya, native to what is now known as Rakhine State are a Muslim minority who officially became stateless in Myanmar under the Burmese Citizenship Law enacted in 1982.  The Rohingya were not considered as an indigenous race of the country known to the world as Burma or Myanmar.  They are considered by the UN to be the most persecuted group of people in the world.  Without citizenship in the land of their birth, the Rohingya have been the victims of just about every atrocity known to man.  Land confiscation, forced labor, rape, torture, child birth limitations, systematic murder and restriction of movement have made life unbearable for many of the nearly one million Rohingya living in Rakhine State.  Since 1978, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have left Myanmar in search of a better life in Bangladesh.  Hoping that the Muslim majority country of Bangladesh would provide a safer life and more opportunity for their children.  In Bangladesh there are two official Rohingya refugee camps in the Cox’s Bazaar district run by the UNHCR, Nayapara Camp near Teknaf and Kutupalong near the town of Ukiyah.  The majority of Rohingya refugees live outside the registered camps in makeshift camps or in the general population.  Bordering Kutupalong registered camp, Kutupalong makeshift camp is home to roughly 30,000 unregistered Rohingya trying to survive in terrible conditions with no food rations, medical assistance, education or basic sanitation.  Undocumented and unofficially in the country, it is nearly impossible for those living here to make a living outside of the camps.

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