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Reference : V-P-BD-E-00142
Date : 05/2018
Caption : Cox’s Bazar, Teknaf, Leda-D area. Portrait of a displaced woman (35) with her children. She fled the violence with them but lost her husband.
Photographer : MORSHED, Sheikh Mehedi
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : “I came to Bangladesh right after Eid in September 2017, fleeing the violence. I walked for three days to reach a safe place with my little children. Exhausted and dehydrated, I took shelter in a Bangladeshi family upon arrival and later I moved to Leda D camp. Back in my home I used to work as a daily worker at other people’s houses. So was my husband. We did everything possible to manage our family. Now I don’t know where my husband is. He went missing as he had gone out looking for his father when violence broke out. He never returned and I fear he’s dead.
The living conditions were too bad to live. I didn’t have a good shelter. The Red Cross gave me shelter materials. I’ve upgraded my house and it’s far better now. It’s a tough life here, still at least I feel a little bit safer. My mind does not want to go back. My children have lost their father and if they lose me who will look after them? I’ll only go back if they can ensure peace.”

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.”
Resolution : 5472x3648
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour