On August 25, 2017, violence erupted in Rakhine State, Myanmar, forcing hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people to leave their homes immediately in search of safety. Entire villages have been attacked and burned, with survivors fleeing on foot for days through jungle, over mountains, and across rivers.
Once they cross the border into Bangladesh, there is little relief. Makeshift settlements and host communities in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, are completely overwhelmed by the influx of refugees. There is almost no food or healthcare, and a dangerous lack of clean water or hygiene. The temporary shelters the Rohingya refugees live in are set up on the side of muddy hills—a heavy rain could wipe them away completely.