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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 November 13th 2018

November 13, 2018 (Cox's Bazar) Camp 1 of the Rohingya Refugee camp is at the northern end of the camp and the most established one. There are 20 camps and some of them have been split into East and West sides (Camps 1, 2, and 8). The Camp designation has organizational and political structure implications with representative committees, NGO assignments using these designations. The overall management is now coordinated by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), but is heavily reliant still on the infrastructure and operational commitment that BRAC established in the initial phases. The job is tireless for the Head of BRAC's Humanitarian Relief Programme (Mr. Salam). On Tuesday morning, escorted by BRAC staff we were invited visit the camp and see the infrastructure, its operational landscape and get an framework for some of the ... read more
A Map of the Rohingya Refugee Camps
Grocery Store
A Camp "Street"

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
Fishing boats on the beach

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

Asia » Bangladesh » Cox's Bazar » Teknaf » St. Martin's June 11th 2012

The combination of Bangladesh and Beautiful- it’s tough to believe, right? Bangladesh and traffic jam or Bangladesh and load shedding or Bangladesh and crowd sound like more appropriate combinations. Bangladesh used to be a lush green land crisscrossed with wide rivers; but over the years, to accommodate more and more people and in our mindless desire to increase the size of the concrete jungle, the natural greenery has been destroyed, the deep, wide rivers have now become narrow and shallow. There is hardly any park or water body in Dhaka city; there is hardly any free highway in Bangladesh for long drives- small stalls are scattered beside the highways. There is crowd and filth everywhere! But still, Bangladesh is beautiful- if you have the eyes for it. There are places in Bangladesh where nature awes you. ... read more
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Angel Drop Cafe

Asia » Bangladesh » Cox's Bazar » Teknaf » St. Martin's January 7th 2012

Puo' risultare difficile associare il Bangladesh ad una vacanza al mare, eppure non molti sanno che qui di spiaggie ce ne sono eccome, tra cui quella che puo' forse vantare il titolo di "piu' lunga al mondo": un tratto ininterrotto di sabbia lungo ben 120 Km! E' per questo motivo che arrivo a Chittagong, il piu' grande porto del paese, una citta' sporca e caotica ma dal nome che mi ispira fiducia; qui infatti trovo subito qualcosa da fare: pochi chilometri piu' a Nord, lungo la costa, sorgono numerosi cantieri dove vengono demolite le navi in disuso provenienti da tutto il mondo: una buona occasione per andare a rovistare in cerca di buoni affari. Ma come previsto, l'accesso alla spiaggia dove sono arenate le navi e' sbarrato da alti cancelli e le guardie all'ingresso sono irremovibili ... read more
Chittagong: la demolizione delle navi prosegue ai bordi della strada
Isola di St.Martin: buona parte dell'isola e' ancora incontaminata
Mainimati: le rovine del Salban Vihara

Asia » Bangladesh » Cox's Bazar October 16th 2010

On Wednesday, I had a Bangladeshi style holiday to Cox's Bazar - the longest unbroken beach in the world, and Bangladesh's number one tourist destination. Now, in your mind, this may strike up images of golden sands, beautiful quiet beach life and cocktails by the sea. Let me assure you that this is not the case. Cox's is an overdeveloped and pretty ugly beach resort that has all the charm of the Costa Del Sol, or my favourite, Sunny Beach in Bulgaria. It caters to the middle class Bangladeshis who wish for sun and sea, but without a care for the environment. Monstrously huge hotel complexes spring up at every turn, and the local people are left poor and without proper homes in the wake of this place. At the beach itself, as a foreigner, i ... read more
Inani Beach
The Tourist in Me
Buddhist Temple

Asia » Bangladesh » Cox's Bazar January 17th 2010

Good morning from Malumghat, the home of Memorial Christian Hospital for ABWE in Bangledesh. The temperature this morning is cool (50-55) and it'll warm up nicely to 65 or 70 today. The SLC (Spiritual Life Conference) is in its third and final day. I've preached 3 times and have 3 more today. Lynette spoke at a ladies banquet last night and had her hands done with "henna" (a temporary tatoo type painting on the exposed part of her hand). Our only problem has been a breakdown in the water supply so we carry buckets to fill toilets and generally don't shower. Its a child's heaven! ! The compound here is huge. The hospital has 8 doctors at this time. Generally, however, they have 2-4. They also have over 200 Bengali workers who do everything from grouns ... read more




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