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Rohingya youth trapped in violence and despair in Cox's Bazar

In the camps of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, half of the estimated one million Rohingya refugees are children. This new generation is growing up in a context of pervasive fear and despair. Bangladesh, 30 September 2023. © MSF

On 25 August, 2017, the Myanmar military launched a wave violence against the Rohingya in Rakhine state in response to Rohingya ARSA militant raids on 17 police stations. Fifty-five villages would be burned and later bulldozed.

MSF documented 6,700 murders during the 30 days following 25 August, of whom 730 were children. This resulted in an estimated 688,000 mainly Rohingya people from Rakhine State fleeing into Cox’s Bazar in neighbouring Bangladesh.

Six years after their massive exodus from Myanmar, the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are still living in precarious conditions in insalubrious camps where they are confined.

Out of Fear is a 28-minute documentary based on Rohingya youth testimonies, highlighting the blatant despair and lack of perspectives this new generation is growing up in. The young people portrayed in this documentary were either born stateless in their parents’ homeland of Myanmar before fleeing widespread targeted violence in 2017 – or were born in refugee camps in Bangladesh where nearly one million people live in limbo.

The documentary focuses on a generation of children, teenagers, young adults living in containment amidst daily violence, and their perspectives for the future.


2023 MSF



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