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ONLY IMAGES REMAIN. Mujibullah, 22, a Rohingya refugee, watches a video, which he shot in Myanmar before crossing into Bangladesh, at Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh. For many Rohingya living in Bangladesh refugee camps, all that remains of their old lives in Myanmar are memories captured in photos and videos on their cellphones. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)
From The Asian Reporter, V28, #1 (January 1, 2018), page 2.
Rohingya refugees have only memories, saved on cellphones
KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh (AP) — For many Rohingya now living in refugee camps in Bangladesh, all that remains of their old lives in Myanmar are memories captured in photos and videos on their cellphones.
Since late August, more than 630,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh to escape attacks by Myanmar security forces. Few refugees had a chance to grab many of their belongings when they fled the advancing soldiers. But most took their cellphones.
While so much of what they had is now gone — homes, cattle, villages, everything — the phones give them a link to what they lost.
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