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Trading Inside the Rohingya Camps

IN PICTURES: Driven by a need for food and other essentials, trade is starting to thrive in the Palong Khali camp, located about 2.5 miles from the Naf River that marks the border between Bangladesh and Myanmar.
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Mohammad Ayas, a 12-year-old Rohingya refugee in the sprawling Palong Khali camp, is busy hawking piazu, a fried mixture of onions, lentils and spices.
Mohammad Ayas, a 12-year-old Rohingya refugee in the sprawling Palong Khali camp, is busy hawking piazu, a fried mixture of onions, lentils and spices. Photo:Reuters
Two Bangladesh government officials confirmed that the refugees are not legally allowed to own businesses in the country since they are not citizens.
Two Bangladesh government officials confirmed that the refugees are not legally allowed to own businesses in the country since they are not citizens. Photo:Reuters
Bangladeshis are aware of the opportunities that the Rohingya exodus provides for trade and a number of them have moved closer to the camps.
Bangladeshis are aware of the opportunities that the Rohingya exodus provides for trade and a number of them have moved closer to the camps. Photo:Reuters
India is set to deploy 6000 border guards along its border with Bangladesh, in order to keep Rohingya refugees out.
India is set to deploy 6000 border guards along its border with Bangladesh, in order to keep Rohingya refugees out. Photo:Reuters
Around one million Rohingyas have fled persecution in Myanmar, seeking refuge in neighboring Bangladesh. The unavailability of basic amenities in the refugee camps there has prompted many to attempt to enter India.
Around one million Rohingyas have fled persecution in Myanmar, seeking refuge in neighboring Bangladesh. The unavailability of basic amenities in the refugee camps there has prompted many to attempt to enter India. Photo:Reuters
According to government estimates, there are around 40,000 Rohingya Muslims in India — with the Indian government planning to deport them to Myanmar.
According to government estimates, there are around 40,000 Rohingya Muslims in India — with the Indian government planning to deport them to Myanmar. Photo:Reuters
The Rohingya community, in the Rakhine state in Myanmar, has been under a military siege since October 2016 but has long been subjected to violence by extremists and the government.
The Rohingya community, in the Rakhine state in Myanmar, has been under a military siege since October 2016 but has long been subjected to violence by extremists and the government. Photo:Reuters
The Myanmar government sees the Rohingya, considered by the United Nations as the “most persecuted minority group in the world,” as “illegal immigrants” from Bangladesh.
The Myanmar government sees the Rohingya, considered by the United Nations as the “most persecuted minority group in the world,” as “illegal immigrants” from Bangladesh. Photo:Reuters
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