After 16-20 days waiting on the Myanmar border, Rohingya refugees cross the Naf River into Bangladesh using eight makeshift rafts constructed of bamboo and plastic palm oil containers.
Often described as the "world's most persecuted minority", the Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic group from the Rakhine State in Myanmar. In October 2016, a military crackdown in the wake of a deadly attack on an army post, sent hundreds of thousands of Rohingya fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh. This most recent exodus from Rakhine state, Myanmar, to the makeshift camps that have sprung up in Cox’s Bazaar District, began on 25th August 2017, when militants from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army targeted about 30 police posts and an army base, killing several people. So far more than 650,000 people have fled into Bangladesh, swelling the camps and creating a humanitarian crisis.
A Walkley Award-winning photojournalist and Nikon Ambassador, David Dare Parker has photographed for many national and international magazines throughout Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Australasia. Publications include LeMonde, Stern, L’Express, Focus, Australian Geographic, The Bulletin, The New York Times, Fortune and Time Australia. He is featured in the Australian War Memorial book Contact – Australian War Photographers and WAR: Degree South.