Rohingya Refugees Earning a Meager Wage in the Fishing Industry

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In March, Clodagh Kilcoyne, a Reuters photographer, spent time in the Shamlapur refugee camp in Bangladesh, home to approximately 10,000 of the 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled the violence in neighboring Myanmar's Rakhine state.

According to Kilcoyne, some of the refugees have now found work in the fishing industry, “earning a tiny daily income and occasional share of the catch, all under the official radar.” Unable to legally work in Bangladesh, refugees support themselves with help from charitable organizations, extended family, and informal jobs such as fishing. Even though the living conditions are harsh in the camps, several Rohingya refugees responded to Kilcyone’s questions with gratitude for where they were, and what that meant—safety from the violence that came for them in Myanmar.

A Rohingya refugee stands with tar on his arm after painting a fishing boat with a fresh coat on Shamlapur Beach in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, on March 29, 2018.

Clodagh Kilcoyne / Reuters

Rohingya refugees walk towards fishing boats on Shamlapur Beach on March 21, 2018

Clodagh Kilcoyne / Reuters

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