Galleries: Rohingya Refugee Portraits, Bangladesh. 2009: rohingyasportraitsweb-4

Noor Islam, 60Blind in one eye.Noor and eight members of his family share a small mud hut thatched with sticks and leaves, which he built with his own hands on floodplain that surrounds Kutupalong and which he knows will be destroyed when the monsoon arrives. Food is scarce - he eats two bowls of rice a day - though his main concern is water: those in the official camp want to charge him for use of their sanitary pump wells, meaning that he and many like him drink water milky with stagnation from a handful of makeshift bucket wells around the camp. {quote}Many people are sick,{quote} says Noor, who is blind in one eye and rapidly losing sight in the other. {quote}they say it is from hunger, but I believe we are drinking poisoned water.{quote} Ranging as it does from 35-350 on the bacterial turbidity scale - anything over 20 is deemed unfit for human consumption - he is almost certainly right.

Noor Islam, 60 

Blind in one eye. 

Noor and eight members of his family share a small mud hut thatched with sticks and leaves, which he built with his own hands on floodplain that surrounds Kutupalong and which he knows will be destroyed when the monsoon arrives. Food is scarce - he eats two bowls of rice a day - though his main concern is water: those in the official camp want to charge him for use of their sanitary pump wells, meaning that he and many like him drink water milky with stagnation from a handful of makeshift bucket wells around the camp. "Many people are sick," says Noor, who is blind in one eye and rapidly losing sight in the other. "they say it is from hunger, but I believe we are drinking poisoned water." Ranging as it does from 35-350 on the bacterial turbidity scale - anything over 20 is deemed unfit for human consumption - he is almost certainly right.