World Bulletin / News Desk
He is among the 164,000 Rohingya Muslims who crossed into Bangladesh since Aug. 25, as violence escalated in bordering Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
“We could not find food on the streets,” he told Anadolu Agency on Thursday. “We were starving so we ate some fruitless banana trees we found in the forest. This is how my family and I survived and reached the camp.”
A steady stream of refugees has been arriving at the government-run Kutupalong refugee camp, some making a difficult eight- to10-day walk through the forest, while others making the journey in small boats across the Naf river.
The refugees may have escaped persecution in their native country, but life in the camp is an everyday fight for survival.
Hasina Begum, who is pregnant with her third child, said: “I cannot find enough food for two of my children. We eat if the locals help, otherwise we spend the night hungry.”
She said she took 10 days to walk to Bangladesh after her husband was killed by the Myanmar army.