‘Vanished Natives’ – Existence of Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh


‘Vanished Natives’ – Existence of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh is tales of those people who lost their freedom of living & identity in deepening crisis of removing tag as refugees. Living decades still we could found the same plastic rapping shelter with uncountable holes. They travel two kilometers for drinking mud water. Those people are straggling to get back their honor as human not even as any nation. They considered as most unwanted people of everywhere. Still their way of living delivering the single message that they are just suffering well – Gmb Akash


An old Rohingya lady is taking nap in her shelter. They are not allowed to do work outside or move freely. Old people like her are straggling for passing their last days by doing nothing.

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Decades refugee families are suffering well having only a plastic shelter. If the refugees manage to get outside the camp, they are then vulnerable to harassment by the residents of the villages surrounding the camps

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In the early 1990s, more than 250,000 people belonging to the mostly Muslim Rohingya minority escaped persecution in Myanmar by fleeing across land and river borders into Bangladesh, where most were housed in 20 camps. Their living conditions are sub-standard and they are uncertain about their future. They are living without freedom of movement, permission to work or basic human rights.


A Rohingya lady seating idle with her child. Most of the new born & children suffered from massive Malnutrition.

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The experiences of violence and coercion over the years have inevitably fostered a climate of fear and distress among the refugees. They are not permitted to work. They have nothing to do to live their lives. They have no money, their husband or wives are not allowed to do any work. They are like prisoner of an open field of limited activity.


The girl belongs to the refugee group who are living without freedom of movement, permission to work or basic human rights. Besides she dreams to study, go regularly for taking part in Madrassa.

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Children study the Koran (Qu’ran) in a makeshift Madrassa (Islamic school) in the Dum Dum Meah refugee camp.

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The living place displays the most unprotected residence for living as human. The rapping plastic sheet which have uncountable holes surround them generation after generation. In a small place where hardly two people can live, ironically they are living more than eight people.


Two young men are making a new house in the Dum Dum Meah refugee camp. There is no change in their accommodation scenario instead of getting only holes in every rainy season.

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Rohingya refugee families have to depend fully on ration. The refugees are totally dependent on the weekly distribution of food. For many, food is the only source of income, as employment is prohibited.

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The refugees are totally dependent on the weekly distribution of food ration. For many, food is the only source of income, as employment is prohibited. Selling or trading food rations therefore also results in a consequent scarcity of food.

A Child in the Dum Dum Meah refugee camp. Here everlasting hunger, heightened vulnerability to disease, and hampered growth will only be overcome if the Rohingya refugees get enough to eat everyday. But still it is a dream to these refugees.

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  “Sometimes I bathe only two to three times per month because I have to save water for other member of my family”- A woman of seven member of the family were telling about the water condition.

A Rohingya woman is collecting drinking water from rain source. Rohingya living in Burmese refugee’s camp has no facilities for daily drinking water. © GMB Akash / www.gmb-akash.com

There is just one toilet between every 10 families. Teenagers hardly go to toilet in day time. As the toilet is visible from outside because of broken doors & holes is plastic rapping areas.

“Through the damaged door everything is visible when we go to toilet. In spite of danger we young girls go to toilet when it is dark that no one could see us”- young girl of the camp named Mya

Rohingya families have to totally depend on ration supplies. This generates an endless cycle of food shortage as no food enters instead of only rations for them.

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Water fall of mountain is the source of water near the Burmese refugee’s camp for Rohingyas. Rohingya families are collecting water from mountain as there is no facility of water in their camp. After 2 kilometers walking they can collect drinking water however they got sick often by this impure water source. © GMB Akash / www.gmb-akash.com

Besides them thousands wait, unregistered, and unsure of what their future holds. People are stateless & hopeless. They have nothing in their hands.

The boy representing the third generation of one Rohingya refugee family. They do not have any identity as nation. Despite losing everything they are fighting to get the honor as human.

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Children of Rohingya families are playing in rainy season. They have no right on living in any land.

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“Many lives have begun in these camps in the last decades. Many will end here, too, without a birth or death certificate to prove that they ever existed. There straggle will convey message to all people who are unknown to the fact of living no where, belongs to no nation & not aware of searching identity everyday – Gmb Akash”

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6 thoughts on “‘Vanished Natives’ – Existence of Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh

  1. Hi Akash, this is a truely awesome story … i always follow your work.. and i am glad you have been documenting continuously on Bangladesh’s people and their struggle … inspiring…

  2. At least the Janeva Camp people in Mohammadpur have the freedom to mix with the local and earn their living and living a much higher standard life compared to these identity refused Rohingas. I wonder what the Govt. has done so far, not to mention many international development agencies’ contribution? This much I can understand that there are many nasty political strategies and gains responsible behind the scene… we are too small a fish in this venture…

    • Faisal, many times this news has been covered in international media, NGO & related international org. are working long time. But still nothing can happen if these people do not get identity & permission to live like human. Thanks for your own opinion on this issue.

  3. amazing photo story…honestly learning from ur stunning work…is it bandarban or teknaf??i mean where u shoot it?

  4. please keep highlighting the plight of these downtrodden people .This is a blot on all Bangladeshis and their government Absolutely no compassion in the hearts of the people

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