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Reference : V-P-BD-E-00141
Date : 05/2018
Caption : Cox’s Bazar, Teknaf, Leda-D area. Portrait of a displaced woman who fled the violence while pregnant.
Photographer : MORSHED, Sheikh Mehedi
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : “It took me four days to reach Bangladesh. I was pregnant at the time. I was thirsty and hungry. At times I felt like not going anywhere. But I had to move to a safe place for the safety of my unborn child. At the end of the journey, we took a trawler to cross the Naf River. We arrived Bangladesh.
I had my whole life there and I was happy in my own home. Maybe I’ll go back, but my safety has to be ensured. I am expecting another child. I want to give my baby a safe place to grow up.
In the beginning, we suffered a lot due to the rain and scorching heat. Our roof wasn’t made to protect us from the bad weather. We somehow managed. Now we got improved shelter materials, thanks to the Red Cross, for our houses. “

ICRC website, 06.07.2018, Photo gallery: “Ten months into the Rakhine crisis, hundreds and thousands of displaced people from Myanmar continue to live in teeming makeshift settlements in Cox's Bazar. It's the same tale everywhere – families were forced to leave a place they called home to flee the violence and save their lives. The journey to neighbouring Bangladesh was risky and full of difficulties. But that was their only safe option.
The need for aid remains overwhelming in the camps of Cox's Bazar. Adding to people's worries is the monsoon season that threatens to bring in floods and landslides. Though the basic needs of displaced families are being met by the authorities and aid agencies working on the ground such as the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, it's the uncertain future that haunts them the most.”
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Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour