Galleries: Rohingya Refugee Portraits, Bangladesh. 2009: rohingyasportraitsweb-19

Rojim Ullah, 20.Epileptic and with skin infections.Rojim appears genuiely nervous as he describes the recent increase in tensions between refugees at Kutupalong and Bangladeshi locals from the surrounding towns. {quote}Even in broad daylight groups of men will sometimes beat up refugees who dare to walk to the local market on their own,{quote} he says. {quote}But things have gotten much worse in recent weeks. First of all they started driving past the camp shouting obscenities and calling us names from the windows of their cars. Now they have begun coming into the camps in groups, often carrying weapons, threatening refugees and destroying properties. It doesn't make any sense to me. We are all Muslims. Why can't we simply get along with each other?{quote}

Rojim Ullah, 20. 

Epileptic and with skin infections. 

Rojim appears genuiely nervous as he describes the recent increase in tensions between refugees at Kutupalong and Bangladeshi locals from the surrounding towns. "Even in broad daylight groups of men will sometimes beat up refugees who dare to walk to the local market on their own," he says. "But things have gotten much worse in recent weeks. First of all they started driving past the camp shouting obscenities and calling us names from the windows of their cars. Now they have begun coming into the camps in groups, often carrying weapons, threatening refugees and destroying properties. It doesn't make any sense to me. We are all Muslims. Why can't we simply get along with each other?"