2018 Photo Contest, General News, Stories, 2nd prize

Rohingya Refugees Flee Into Bangladesh to Escape Ethnic Cleansing

Photographer

Kevin Frayer

Getty Images

20 September, 2017

A young refugee cries as he climbs on a truck distributing aid near the Balukhali refugee camp, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

Attacks on the villages of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, and the burning of their homes, led to hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing into Bangladesh on foot or by boat. Many died in the attempt. According to UNICEF, more than half of those fleeing were children. In Bangladesh, refugees were housed in existing camps and makeshift settlements. Conditions became critical; basic services came under severe pressure and, according to a Médecins Sans Frontières physician based there, most people lacked clean water, shelter and sanitation, bringing the threat of disease.

About

Kevin Frayer

His photographs have been widely published in leading newspapers, magazines and internet sites around the world. 

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/1000
Focal length
27.0 mm
F-Stop
8.0
ISO
1250

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