Mothering Rohingya refugees in Kutu Palong refugee camp, Bangladesh

Women and children in Kutupalong makeshift refugee camp, Bangladesh

Mothering in the Kutu Palong makeshift refugee camp in the southwest of Bangladesh is about as tough as it gets. Without the right to work or humanitarian aid, the women and children bear the brunt of the international community’s unwillingness to tackle this 20-year-old issue. Many under-16s suffer from acute malnutrition and have little access to education or healthcare. Meanwhile, expectant mothers run unnecessarily high risks during childbirth due to lack of medical support offered in case of complicated deliveries. With neither prospect of asylum in Bangladesh nor hope of returning to their native Arakan State, 500 miles northwest of the Burmese capital Yangon, these Rohingya women and children survive the within the camp by taking refuge in the only thing they have left, each other.

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