These 7 personal posts from Doctors Without Borders will take you inside the Rohingya Crisis

In August 2017, unprecedented numbers of people began to cross the border from Myanmar to Bangladesh. They were Rohingya - a persecuted minority in Myanmar - and they were fleeing killings, house burnings and targeted attacks. Over 900,000 of them made the journey, and two years later they remain stuck in the world's largest refugee camp, unable to build new lives and equally unable to return home.

August 2017: "People have lost everything"


A Rohingya refugee woman sits in her makeshift shelter
A Rohingya refugee woman sits in her shelter in the camp

The small MSF clinic in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh was always busy. But on August 25, 2017, more patients started to arrive. They weren't coming with measles or bringing their children after an accident. They had gunshot wounds and burns, severe injuries, and horrifying stories of what they had left behind.

Doctor Konstantin Hanke was there, and shares his experience.




October 2017: Love is all you need


Rohingya girl with tetanus and her father
A little girl with tetanus and her father

I almost burst into tears. Love may not be a drug but it is as powerful as any medicine. 

When little girl arrived at the clinic with potentially deadly tetanus, British doctor Ian Cross wasn't sure she would survive. He shares her remarkable story.




December 2017: Just some of the patients I saw today


A Rohingya man with an eye injury
A patient at the MSF / Doctors Without Borders clinic

A girl came in. She had been shot in the eye.

By December, over 600,000 people had fled over the border, and the MSF teams were coping with huge numbers of patients living in makeshift camps. UK doctor Nina Goldman kept a record of just some of the many people she saw in a single day at the clinic.




May 2018: Every vaccinated person is one fewer who will get sick!


Heidi and Alnoman
Heidi and Alnoman

The goal is to vaccinate 985,000 people against cholera… in seven days!

With hundreds of thousands of people living in makeshift conditions, without adequate access to clean water and sanitation, the risk of a deadly cholera outbreak is high.

German nurse Heidi joined a hugely ambitious project aiming to give almost a million people a potentially life-saving vacccine.




May 2018: Fighting a forgotten disease in Bangladesh's refugee camps


A Rohingya mother and her child wear face masks to preven the spread of diphtheria
Wearing face masks to prevent the spread of diphetheria

Diphtheria pushed us to the brink

Samreen, a doctor from India, had never seen a case of diphtheria in her life. None of the team had. Across the world this deadly illness had been almost wiped out through vaccination programmes. So why was it back?




July 2019: "The love for your child is good” - Mental health and the Rohingya crisis


Rohingya children play in Kutupalong refugee camp
Rohingya children play in the camp

My lasting hope for these children is that they will experience the reality of the words they sing

How do you care for people's mental health when the situation around them is so unstable? British mental health officer Alison Fogg shares a moving account of treating Rohingya people inside the world's largest refugee camp.




August 2019: Two years on for Rohingya refugees


A rohingya mother and her son
A rohingya mother and her son

We have to step up and ensure that they aren’t just getting food and water, but a future too

Two years after violence in Myanmar forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people to flee across the border into Bangladesh, refugees living in the Kutupalong “megacamp” remain stuck with little hope of returning home. Australian emergency coordinator Arunn Jegan shares what he's seen.




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