Giulio Di Sturco
Kutupalong makeshift camp A violent crackdown on stateless Rohingya living in Bangladesh has led thousands of people to seek safety at Kutupalong makeshift camp. Driven from their homes in the Cox's Bazaar area by local authorities and vigilante groups, around 2,000 people arrived in January alone, swelling camp numbers to nearly 30,000. New arrivals describe how they have suffered threats, beatings and in some cases escaped being forcibly returned to Myanmar. For decades, thousands of Rohingya, an ethnic and religious minority from Myanmar, have sought refuge in Bangladesh. However, a mere 28,000 are recognised as prima facie refugees by the Government, and live in official camps under the supervision of UNHCR. In sharp contrast, more than 200,000 people struggle to survive unrecognised and largely unassisted, vulnerable to ill health and exploitation. MSF runs a basic health programme in Kutupalong, providing much needed medical care to stateless Rohingya in Kutupalong makeshift camp and the host community.