Life in the camps

Makeshift huts crammed onto muddy hillsides. Water wells fouled by nearby latrines. Rapidly-spreading diseases. Health experts say overcrowding, poor sanitation and limited health care in the Rohingya refugee areas of Bangladesh is a “recipe for disaster”. This is life in the camps.

We used data from aid agencies along with satellite imagery and Reuters reporting from the camps to analyse living conditions. This graphic shows how latrines are situated too close to many water sources, health implications from these conditions, and the lack of space available to refugees.

This project was recognised as the best human rights project online at the Malofiej international information graphics awards in Spain.

By Simon Scarr and Weiyi Cai
Reuters Graphics

Malofiej - Gold Medal
Malofiej - Best online human right piece
Society of News Design - Award of Excellence


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