Photo of the week: ‘Environmental impact of the Rohingya refugee crisis in a photo’

Telling a story of research through photography

The ‘photo of the week’ is a weekly series featuring photographs taken by BU academics and students for our Research Photography Competition which took place earlier this year.

These provide a snapshot into some of the incredible research taking place across the BU community. 

This week’s photo of the week was taken by Mehidi Chowdhury and is titled;

‘Environmental impact of the Rohingya refugee crisis in a photo’

‘The photo has been taken during my visit to the Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The Kutupalong camp is the largest refugee camp in the world hosting more than half a million refugees. The visit funded by BU’s Global Challenges Research Fund took place in August 2018; one year after the latest mass exodus of Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh. The environmental impact of the crisis is visibly devastating. Forest areas have been cleared to make shelters for refugees. No large trees, birds and animals can be seen. I saw some Rohingya and local Bangladeshi settlements side by side. The demarcation is clear: Bangladeshi settlements are covered with trees and Rohingya settlements are not. The photo captures just that’

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