Life in Cox's Bazar Refugee Camp

Hasina's story

15-year-old Hasina* lives in Cox’s Bazar, one of the largest refugee camps in the world.

Her makeshift shelter, made of plastic sheets and strips of bamboo, balances on the edge of a stagnant pool of water.

Hasina is one of 655,000 Rohingya families who have been forced across the Myanmar border to escape sectarian violence.

65% of the community now living in Cox’s Bazar are women who have fled violence, and are now living in makeshift shelters where clean water and food is scarce.

Rohingya women digging in a refugee camp
Rohingya women in refugee camp

Before Hasina arrived at the camp in Bangladesh, she had already faced unthinkable atrocities.

When her village in Rakhine State, Myanmar, was burned down, Hasina ran for her life. She said:

‘We were shot at and attacked. They burnt all of the houses.

There was nothing left and nowhere to take shelter so we fled.

They burnt the whole village down. Eight people died in the burning.’

After the attack, it took the family five days to reach the border on foot, taking shelter in houses along the way.

Now that they are in Bangladesh, the family are still living a very difficult life.

Safura, Hasina’s mother, told us that she lost her husband to disease when she was very young, leaving her to support her daughter on her own.

Now that Hasina is old enough, she is the head of her household, and she spends her days looking after both her mother and her aunt.

Despite all she’s seen, Hasina remains strong, proud and independent. Supporters like you help to give Hasina strength. She said:

‘We can sleep and we are not scared for our life. We feel safe.’​

3 generations of women in Bangladesh

The Rohingya refugee crisis

Around 688,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar since August 2017.

Families have left their homes behind to escape violence, many of them settling in Cox’s Bazar refugee camp in Bangladesh.

We have supported over 4,000 Rohingya families with essential aid like blankets for warmth, tarpaulins, rope for shelter, solar lights and water carriers.

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