Rohingya: Teenage life in world's biggest refugee camp

Rohingya: Teenage life in world's biggest refugee camp
From BBC - March 13, 2018

Since last August more than 700,000 refugees have travelled from Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh.

But those born in the camp before the sudden 2017 refugee surge are entitled to much more in Bangladesh than those just arriving.

Faisal and Hassan, whose names we have agreed to change, are both teenagers and members of the Rohingya population - a stateless group of people who are not recognised as citizens in Myanmar, where they are from.

They both live with six others but lead very different lives to each other.

Like many other 17 year olds around the world, Faisal works in a shop - his family business.

"We sell cosmetics and hygiene products and get around 20 or 30 customers a day," he explains to Newsbeat.

As Faisal was born in the Kutupalong camp, the settlement that's housed Rohingya refugees for decades, he is a registered refugee.

Those arriving now live in makeshift camps surrounding the registered settlement, do not have the ability to work, and rely on aid agencies for support.

"I think I am lucky because my father gave me an opportunity to open this business," he explains. "But with this business I ca not lead my whole life."

Most Rohingya have made makeshift homes out of bamboo sticks, tarpaulin and corrugated iron.

But for Hassan things are very different.


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