Mass Exodus

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fled to neighboring Bangladesh after violence erupted in Myanmar’s Rakhine state in August, 2017. The exodus was sparked by a fierce military response to Rohingya militant attacks. 

In the early days of the crisis, the story was about people fleeing for their lives.

I thought it would be a good idea to show these huge numbers as human beings, not pieces of data marked on a chart.

We used 3D software to create a crowd model and manage exact head counts. These images were linked to a data-driven timeline that walked the reader through the rapidly expanding exodus. Comparisons also emphasized the desperate state of people living in makeshift camps in Bangladesh.

By Simon Scarr, Chris Inton and Jin Wu
Reuters Graphics

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