Kutupalong camp, Cox Bazaar, Bangladesh 2018. All images by Kaamil Ahmed.
Kutupalong camp, Cox Bazaar, Bangladesh 2018. All images by Kaamil Ahmed.

Forgotten alleys of the old camp

How Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh continue to risk their lives in search of a better life elsewhere.

The key was in finding the tea hut – a low-roofed bamboo frame filled only by a bench, where, in May 2015, I was with a group of Rohingya men, each gripping slips of paper with phone numbers of the human traffickers holding their sons.

Over several visits to Bangladesh's now-sprawling camps for Rohingya refugees, I had been looking for the tea shop, to find out what had happened to those families in the two years that had passed. The problem was that the Kutupalong refugee camp in the town of Cox's Bazar, on Bangladesh's southeastern tip, had since become the world's largest –sheltering more than 626,000 refugees.

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