Galleries: Rohingya Refugee Portraits, Bangladesh. 2009
It was barely dawn, yet within minutes of arriving, we had a line of the sick outside our makeshift studio. One by one they patiently waited to talk to us, the situation growing more desperate as the numbers grew.
Due to their unofficial status, The Rohingya refugees at Kutupalong have no access to medical support. Denied access to the nearby UNHCR camp, and turned away by local hospitals, the 25,000 refugees suffer from a multitude of illnesses and diseases. Respiratory tract infections, skin diseases brought on by the living conditions, malnutrition, cancer, mental health problems; all go untreated. They suffer in a hopeless situation.
"Do they understand I'm not a doctor?" I asked the leader of the local committee.
"They know,"he replied, "but for now a photographer is all they have. At least you can show people."
Interviews by Cyrus Shahrad