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Brian Sokol  Photographer with Panos Pictures and Sony Global Imaging Ambassador. All images ©2018 Brian Sokol.

The world’s largest refugee camp, home to the better part of a million Rohingya Muslim people from Myanmar, is more or less a series of sand dunes that were held in place by vegetation. With the deforestation that settling a population this large required, there are no longer roots holding the sandy soil together. During the coming monsoon it’s expected that numerous lives will be lost in landslides. Rainy season hasn’t even properly started here, meteorologists say it’s roughly a week away, but there have already been casualties.
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#RohingyaReflections
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#OnAssignment in #Bangladesh for @unicef @unicefbangladesh

Six year old Yasmin comes out of her family’s shelter in Shamlapur refugee camp after the rains stop.
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#RohingyaReflections #OnAssignment for @unicef in #Bangladesh

Atullah and dangerously close tide waters, just after a storm. Shamlapur camp for Rohingya refugees, Benagladssh.

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“The water only comes twice a day, and sometimes not at all.” -Yasmin, 9
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In Leda camp, Rohingya refugees from Myanmar must sometimes wait days before they’re able to access drinking water. Wells run dry as the aquifers that feed them are exhausted. The coming monsoon brings many dangers - but will hopefully at least bring some degree of relief from thirst and dehydration. .
#RohingyaReflections #OnAssignment for @unicef in #Bangladssh

Love in the harshest of places. Shamlapur Refugee Camp, Bangladesh
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Wishing a happy Mother’s Day to my mom, your mom and Sakura Begum - whose story I’ll be sharing soon.
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#RefugeesArePeopleNotNumbers #OnAssignmant for @unicef @unicefbangladesh #MothersDay

Rohingya boys play on a beached fishing boat in Shamlapur, Bangladesh.
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#RohingyaReflections #OnAssignment for @unicef @unicefbangladesh

Before the rains, the dust.
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#RohingyaReflections #Refugees #OnAssignment for @unicef in #Bangladesh

On a dust-choked, blistering day a Rohingya woman walks along the single road that cuts through the world’s largest refugee camp - Kutupolong/Balukhali in Bangladesh. Roughly 3/4 of a million Rohingya Muslims from neighboring Myanmar (Burma) have been forced to flee to Bangladesh since a systematic campaign of rape, murder and torture sent the survivors running from their homes late last year. Momentarily safe, in the coming weeks the threats to them will resume - though now it is the monsoon and cyclone season, made all the more dangerous and unpredictable by climate change, that they have to fear. Their bamboo and plastic shelters are built on steep, unstable ground and landslides have already begun to take lives even through the rainy season hasn’t properly started yet.
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Rohingya boys walk back to camp with their nets and the afternoon’s catch.
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#RohingyaReflections

and an ocean tumbled by with a private boat for Max
and he sailed off through night and day
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and in and out of weeks
and almost over a year
to where the wild things are
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-Maurice Sendak
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“My father was a fisherman. We also had a boat. My father was killed by the military. One of my cousins saw how the military killed my father. We heard the news of my father's death from him. We crossed by our own boat. Bangladesh Border Guards broke our boat and burned it. We came here with my uncle. I felt sad when they were breaking our boat. I ask Bagladeshi fishermen to take me with them but they don't take me. They say I am too small.”
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-Ashan, 10, Rohingya refugee from Myanmar
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A the end of another sweltering day, a Rohingya man sits under a tree enjoying the evening’s cool, while a boy pauses from his trip to the well. Amid the dusty, sweat-soaked bustle of the #megacamp, home to around 2/3 of a million Muslim-minority refugees from neighboring Myanmar, it can be hard to find quiet - let alone solitude. Still, most of the Rohingya people I’ve spoken with say that a peaceful life in the refugee camps is preferable to the fear and insecurity they endured at home. Hopefully those aren’t their only two options.
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#OnAssignment for @unicef @unicefbangladesh @panospictures in #Bangladesh

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