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Asia » Bangladesh » Cox's Bazar » Coxs Bazar November 13th 2018

November 12, 2018 (Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh) A mass human migration began on 25 August 2017 following retaliation by Rohingya Arsa militants who launched deadly attacks on more than 30 police post. Rohingyas began arriving Cox's Bazaar district of Bangladesh that borders Myanmar after troops, backed by local Buddhist mobs, burned their villages, attacked and killed civilians. Nearly 7,000 Rohingya (including more than 700 children under the age of five) were killed after the violence broke out, and there was widespread rape and abuse Rohingya women and girls reported. Nearly 300 villages were partially or totally burned down in northern Rakhine. Satellite images show many places where Rohingya villages were burned down, while nearby ethnic Rakhine villages are intact. This began a massive refugees escape, reaching Bangladesh with barely any belongings. Happening during the rainy season, t ... read more

Asia » Bangladesh » Cox's Bazar » Coxs Bazar November 12th 2018

November 12, 2018 (Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh) I think the name url=https://www.google.com/maps/place/Cox's+Bazar/@21.622673,91.3071882,8.77z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x30adc7ea2ab928c3:0x3b539e0a68970810!8m2!3d21.4272283!4d92.0058074Cox's Bazar is strange in a cool and exotic way. It was a place I'd not heard of before considering going to Bangladesh on this trip, but a place that has been entangled in a humanitarian crisis of historic proportions since August of last year. It derives its name from Captain Hiram Cox, an officer of the British East India Company. To commemorate his role in refugee rehabilitation work in the late 1700's, a market was established and named Cox's Bazar after him a colonial name that is still retained. It is a popular tourist destinations for Bangladeshis. It is a major fishing port, tourism center and a district headquarters in southeastern Bangladesh that sha... read more
The long beach at Cox's Bazar
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Asia » Bangladesh » Cox's Bazar » Coxs Bazar November 12th 2018

November 12, 2018 (Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh). The Rohingya are a Muslim sect that make up the largest percentage of Muslims in Myanmar, mostly in in Rakhine state along Myanmar’s western shore. They have their own language and culture (similar to the people in Cox’s Bazar district in Bangladesh) and are likely descendants of Arab traders and other groups who have been in the region for generations. Myanmar is a predominantly Buddhist country that denied the Rohingya citizenship and excluded them from the 2014 census, seeing them as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. Before the August 2017 migration crisis, thousands of Rohingya had made perilous journeys out of Myanmar to escape communal violence or abuses by security forces. A mass migration began on 25 August 2017 triggered by Rohingya Arsa militants launching deadly attacks on more than 30 ... read more

Asia » Bangladesh » Cox's Bazar » Coxs Bazar February 21st 2017

I stayed in Long Beach Hotel, by far the cheapest 4 star hotel I've ever been at. I was recovering from illness so I spent alot of it relaxing in my nice room, and a few short trips out to the areas. The long beach was super crowded and the area very developed with many massive new resorts being built up.... read more
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Asia » Bangladesh » Cox's Bazar » Coxs Bazar April 19th 2013

I've been in Bangladesh only nine days, but there is just so much to write. It's felt like a long continuation of my visa application struggle - a hectic, frustrating, nonsensical but eventually incredibly rewarding roller coaster ride. I'm currently writing from Cox's Bazar, the longest natural beach in the world, but on this blog entry I want to go back to the start of my time in Bangladesh to describe my initial impressions of this unique corner of the subcontinent and perhaps Asia's best kept secret. Quite inevitably, my first journey in Bangladesh - that from the border with India, into Dhaka - went rather badly. The strikes (hartels) that so often rock the country have been increasing in frequency recently due to the upcoming elections. Rival parties tend to throw their weight around by ... read more




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