Rohingyas in Bangladesh: Unwanted and homeless on a small stretch of marshland

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In the most southern part of Bangladesh, near the city of Teknaf, live 6,000 Rohingya refugees from neighbouring Myanmar (Burma). They live in terrible conditions in a provisional camp. Classified by the Bangladesh government as illegal immigrants, the people have not received any support until very recently. Since the end of May, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been operating a small healthcare centre and improving the water supply and sanitary conditions in the camp. © Greg Constantine.
The Rohingyas are a Muslim minority that are deprived of citizenship rights in their native country of Myanmar and are subjected to various forms of repression by the government there. Many camp residents, like this old woman, fled to Bangladesh years ago. Some were sent back to Myanmar only to flee again.© Greg Constantine.
Camp have little room for new huts on the small stretch of marshland between the main north-south highway and the Naf River in southern Bangladesh. Due to rainfall and rising waters, the area floods several times a year. © Greg Constantine.
A father and son rebuild their hut that collapsed after an evening rainfall. Because the shelters barely protect them against the wind and rain, many refugees have respiratory diseases. MSF has now covered all of the approximately 1,000 shelters with plastic sheeting. © Greg Constantine.
Due to the unhygienic conditions, small children in particular often become sick. In addition to respiratory infections, MSF mostly treats diarrhoea and skin diseases. More than a third of the children are malnourished. © Greg Constantine.
There are no latrines in the camp, and rain and sewage flow between the shelters. MSF health promoters explain simple hygiene practices to the refugees and report cases of disease to prevent the outbreak of measles, diarrhoea or meningitis. © Greg Constantine.
The major road is a lifeline for the camp. It leads to Teknaf, where many refugees work as domestic servants or day labourers at the port, or at construction sites. Everyone tries, in their own way, to earn enough money to survive. © Greg Constantine.