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DESPERATE JOURNEY

The Rohingya flee Myanmar
A boy climbs onto a truck distributing aid near the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on Sept. 20

THE BOATS USUALLY ARRIVE AT NIGHT BECAUSE IT’S SAFER IN THE DARK. Occasionally they come during the day, when a situation is urgent enough to risk fire from Myanmar border guards, or a window for safe passage opens up. The majority arrive at the southern tip of Shah Porir Dwip, an island where the Naf River meets the Bay of Bengal. The water can be rough, but when a boat capsizes there is no search party or rescue effort, just a wait for the bodies to wash up on shore. The anonymity of it is tragic.

When boats

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