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Rohingya men push a fishing boat to shore in Shamlapur, Bangladesh. In the past months thousands of Rohingya have landed on the shores of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, many of them by way of Bangladesh. The Rohingya pay up to $2,000 to traffickers, and they sail out from Bangladesh’s southern coastline on fishing boats to meet larger ships in the deep sea that will take them to Malaysia.
Rohingya refugee children play at their temporary camp in Kuala Cangkoi, North Aceh, Indonesia on Tuesday
In the harbor at IDP camps, begins the dangerous journey at the Andaman sea for many of the boat refugees, in Sittwe, Myanmar. Since 2012, the minority group of the Rohingya people are forced to live in IDP camps, in Rakhaing State in western Myanmar. They have been denied citizenship in their homeland Burma and are accused of being illegal migrants from neighbouring Bangladesh. Thousands of Rohingays try to escape the misery in the IDP camps across the Andaman Sea on small fishing boats hoping to reach Malaysia. Many of those who embark on the perilous journey by sea fall into the hands of human traffickers who charge high prices in return for their freedom.
Rohingya migrants, who recently arrived in Indonesia by boat, carry an IV drip as they help a fellow migrant to walk inside a temporary compound for refugees in Aceh Timur regency, Indonesia’s Aceh Province on Thursday
Rohingya migrants, who arrived in Indonesia by boat, queue up for their breakfast inside a temporary compound for refugees in Kuala Cangkoi village in Lhoksukon, Indonesia’s Aceh Province on Monday
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A Rohingya woman, Samsidah Begom binti Abdul Syukur, cries as make a phone call to her son in Malaysia at a shelter on Tuesday in Lhoksukon, Aceh province, Indonesia. Boats carrying over 500 of Myanmar’s Rohingya refugees have arrived in Indonesia, many requiring medical attention
Migrants believed to be Rohingya rest inside a shelter after being rescued from boats at Lhoksukon in Indonesia‘s Aceh Province
Rosheda holds her two-month-old child in front of her hut. She is too poor to afford enough food, and the child will likely die without aid in Sittwe, Myanmar. Some 150,000 Rohingya internally displaced people are trapped in refugee camps outside of Sittwe in Rakhine State in western Myanmar.
Displaced Rohingya woman Norbagoun carries her severely malnourished 25-day-old twins on her lap at the Dar Paing camp for internally displaced people in Sittwe, Rakhine state. Restrictions on international aid have exacerbated a growing health crisis among stateless Muslim Rohingya in west Myanmar.
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A boy at in a temporary shelter at a Rohingya refugee camp in Myanmar, where the government is conducting a national census. At least 20,000 people in displacement camps around Sittwe will run out of drinking water within 10 days, while food stocks will run out within two weeks, imperilling thousands more. The UN is working with the government to bring emergency supplies to camps, but that is only a short-term solution, said Pierre Peron, a spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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A Muslim Rohingya man works on constructing a tent after arriving back to a camp for internally displaced people in the village of Mansi on the outskirts of Sittwe, Myanmar, on Friday. After a killer cyclone wrecked thousands of homes, Bangladesh and Myanmar were relieved that the damage was not much worse after the storm weakened as it made landfall. At least 40 people were either killed by Cyclone Mahasen or while trying to flee its impact, including 25 Muslim Rohingya whose bodies washed up on the shores of Bangladesh after their boat capsized while sailing from Myanmar.
Internally displaced Rohingya women sit in the back of a truck ready to leave their camp in Sittwe, northwestern Rakhine State, Myanmar on Thursday. Tens of thousands of displaced Rohingya people who live in the plastic-roofed tents and reed huts distrust orders from a government that barely acknowledges their exist. So even as rain and wind from the edges of cyclone Mahasen began to pelt the coast near the city on Thursday morning, most people camped there appeared to be staying put. Some, however, were taking down their tents and hauling their belongings away in cycle-rickshaws, or carrying them in bags balanced on their heads
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Rohingya women sit in front of their relief tent at the Mansi Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp on the outskirts of Sittwe on Wednesday. A cyclone threatening to lash low-lying coastal areas of Bangladesh and Myanmar appears to have weakened, but still poses a risk to more than 8 million people, according to the UN.
A Rohingya boy wraps himself with a sarong as he walks in the rain at a makeshift camp for displaced Rohingya people in Sittwe, northwestern Rakhine, Myanmar, ahead of Cyclone Mahasen. The UN said the cyclone, expected later this week, could swamp makeshift housing camps sheltering tens of thousands of Rohingya.
Hla Hla May, a Rohingya Muslim woman displaced by violence, holds her one-year-old daughter Roshan at a former rubber factory that now serves as their shelter, near Sittwe, Myanmar.