Rohingya Refugees Flee Into Bangladesh to Escape Ethnic Cleansing

The Refugees' Long Journey

Kevin Frayer’s photos of the Rohingya people capture a desperate — and vulnerable — population.

While the U.S. grapples with immigration along its border with Mexico, a similar drama plays out around the world. In fact, some 44,500 people are displaced each day on average, either by war, poverty or racial cleansing. At the same time, safer and wealthier countries in the West are shutting their doors to them. Italy’s new populist government recently turned away rescue boats filled with hundreds of people from Africa. Growing anti-immigrant sentiment is threatening to fracture the German government. And, of course, President Trump’s new policy has torn thousands of children away from their parents. According to a new study by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, there are now 25 million refugees across the globe looking for a safe home.

Last September, photographer Kevin Frayer traveled to Bangladesh to photograph the exodus of over half a million Rohingya people, a muslim minority group facing violent ethnic cleansing in Myanmar. Frayer’s heartbreaking images are emblematic of the hardship, uncertainty, and desperation that refugees around the world face day by day, hour by hour.

WAIST-DEEP Kevin Frayer/Getty Images WAIST-DEEP Rohingya Muslim refugees crowd a canal as they flee Myanmar and cross into Bangladesh via the Naf River on Nov. 1, 2017. DARK ARRIVAL Kevin Frayer/Getty Images DARK ARRIVAL A Rohingya refugee family disembarks from a boat after arriving in Bangladesh, Sept. 26, 2017.

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BEATEN BY SEA Kevin Frayer/Getty Images BEATEN BY SEA Shikira Arifullah, a 22-year-old Rohingya refugee woman from Guddumpara village in Myanmar, is helped from a boat as she arrives exhausted on the Bangladesh side on Oct. 1, 2017. ON DRY LAND Kevin Frayer/Getty Images ON DRY LAND A Rohingya refugee woman collapses on a beach in Bangladesh on Oct. 1, 2017. A LONG LINE Kevin Frayer/Getty Images A LONG LINE Refugees waiting to proceed to camps crowd on an earthen berm close to the Naf River near Anjuman Para in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, Nov. 2, 2017. DISPLACED IN OLD AGE Kevin Frayer/Getty Images DISPLACED IN OLD AGE An elderly Rohingya refugees woman sits outside her shelter in the sprawling Balukali refugee camp on Sept. 22, 2017 in Cox's Bazar. WAITING FOR FOOD Kevin Frayer/Getty Images WAITING FOR FOOD A Rohingya Muslim refugee boy waits with others to receive food aid from a local NGO at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Oct. 24, 2017. UNDER-WEIGHT Kevin Frayer/Getty Images UNDER-WEIGHT A boy suffering from malnutrition is weighed at a field clinic by the NGO Action Against Hunger in Cox's Bazar, Oct. 25, 2017. THE NEXT MEAL Kevin Frayer/Getty Images THE NEXT MEAL Rohingya men carry food aid across makeshift bamboo bridges at the Kutupalong refugee camp, Oct. 27, 2017.

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