October 19, 2017

Reporting from inside the Rohingya crisis

What are the human stories behind the headlines and what is it like to be in the middle of one of the world's biggest humanitarian emergencies?

A woman raped and her baby thrown into a fire. A teen shot and his neck slashed. A 9 month-old baby burned and fighting for her life after the Myanmar army set her village on fire. These are just a handful of the atrocities that Al Jazeera correspondent Mohammed Jamjoom and photographer Fadi El Binni reported on while covering the plight of Myanmar’s Rohingya people.


More than 500,000 Rohingya have poured across the border from Myanmar into neighbouring Bangladesh since August, fleeing what the military calls a "clearance operation" against a small Rohingya armed group but what the United Nations has called a "well-organised, coordinated and systematic" campaign of killing, torture and rape directed at the Muslim minority.


Jamjoom, El Binni and fixer Rahat Azim Shaon have spent the last two weeks shuttling between refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, the epicenter of the humanitarian crisis.

"It is suffering and pain and trauma on a scale that’s so massive that it’s almost unfathomable," says Jamjoom.

"I want everyone to see what I saw, even family and friends, just to understand the situation, how difficult it is for these people. I covered the refugee stories before in Greece and Turkey, but I didn’t see something like this in my life," adds El Binni.

So what are the human stories behind the headlines and what is it like to be in the middle of one of the world’s biggest humanitarian emergencies? We’ll ask Jamjoom, El Binni and Shaon when they join The Stream to update us on the crisis and share the stories they uncovered.

On this episode of The Stream, we speak to:

Mohammed Jamjoom @MIJamjoom
Senior Correspondent, Al Jazeera

Fadi El Binni @Fadi_Benni
Senior Cameraman, Al Jazeera

Rahat Azim Shaon
Freelance Journalist    

Read more:

​News, analysis, video from the frontline of the Rohingya crisis - Al Jazeera
'No pictures, no words can explain Rohingya plight' - Al Jazeera 
Rohingya survivor: The army threw my baby into a fire - Al Jazeera

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