Photo blog: Rohingya Camps

Selected photos from two field visits in the Kutupalong, Balukhali, Shamlapur, Leda and Jamtoli camps in May and June 2018.



16 September 2017. It was past mid night. I heard a too familiar cry coming from downstairs. I tried to ignore it. In the end I went to the balcony to see what’s going on. It was a tiny black blob of fur that was crawling in front of the gate across our building; desperately [...]

Rohingyas: The young and the restless

Kawser (16) lives with her mother and four sisters in Kutupalong-Balukhali Extension camp – currently home to majority of the 0.9 million Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar. She lives in a small makeshift hut made of bamboo and tarpaulin. She was making a pile of roti – an exception to the daily meal of rice and [...]

Into the storm

We reached Cox's Bazar on the 12th June in the evening. After a meeting at the UNHCR office on the Rohingya crisis, we went by Laboni beach at night. It was cloudy and humid yet the ocean was magnificent. A heavy mist of sea water was hanging over our heads. You could actually see the [...]

The temple of Radha-Krishna

During a work trip last week, we managed some free time from our tight schedule to visit the the famous Kantaji Temple in Kantanagar, Kaharole of Dinajpur district. After an hour long journey from Birol Upazila, we finally arrived there at sunset. But it was already well past closing time. So we pulled some strings [...]

By the beach 2

Early morning photography of the longest natural sea beach of the world. These pictures were taken from Kolatoli sea beach, which is one of the well-known sea beaches in Cox's Bazar. It's been a long time since I came here and I love the sea. So naturally I was ecstatic to reach my most cherished [...]

Marine Drive

From Cox's Bazar Sadar to Teknaf, this 80-kilometre-long road along the Bay of Bengal has the most amazing view. Inaugurated on May 6, 2017, it is the world’s longest marine drive. I couldn't take my eyes off the view while traveling on the Marine Drive road to reach Teknaf Upazila. On one side of the [...]

By the beach

Walks by the beach at 7 in the morning, field visits in Rohingya refugee camps for new research, staying at one of the most luxurious hotels in Cox's Bazar (because huge discounts in Ramadan month :P), thunderstorms and sounds of the waves and long rides on the marine drive -- a very interesting trip indeed! [...]

Catastrophes for a Host Country

Kutupalong – the largest refugee camp in the world. As I walked inside one of the blocks of Kutupalong in Ukhia Upazila of Cox’s Bazar District with a team of researchers, I was overwhelmed by the number makeshift tents and Rohingya refugees around me. The hills of Ukhia Upazila have been cut and stripped off [...]

Who Will Save the Sundarbans?

20 years ago, people could not have imagined that there will be only 11.2% forest left in Bangladesh, officially; that hundreds of plant and animal species will become extinct; that there will be only 100 tigers left in the Sundarbans, if not less. The more developed we are becoming as a nation, the more we [...]