Last year's guests, this year's burden

Muddy roads after a downpour at the Kutupalong camp. Vast swathes of trees have been cut down to make way for the camps and the clearing of forest continues daily as firewood is sought to light stoves. "Without the trees, we are getting more floods a
Rohingya refugees at a market place in the middle of an intersection to the various camp sites in Kutupalong camp. “We saw them as our Muslim brothers and opened our doors to them,” said Kutupalong councillor Bokhtiar Ahmed. “This was our land but now it is theirs and we don’t know if they will ever leave.”ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Muddy roads after a downpour at the Kutupalong camp. Vast swathes of trees have been cut down to make way for the camps and the clearing of forest continues daily as firewood is sought to light stoves. "Without the trees, we are getting more floods a
A Rohingya woman walks past a water point at the Kutupalong camp. With wells for the Rohingya dug 700-feet deep to draw water from the ground, the water levels have fallen and the locals find their 70-feet deep wells running dry.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Muddy roads after a downpour at the Kutupalong camp. Vast swathes of trees have been cut down to make way for the camps and the clearing of forest continues daily as firewood is sought to light stoves. "Without the trees, we are getting more floods a
Muddy roads after a downpour at the Kutupalong camp. Vast swathes of trees have been cut down to make way for the camps and the clearing of forest continues daily as firewood is sought to light stoves. “Without the trees, we are getting more floods and landslides,” said councillor Bokhtiar Ahmed.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Impoverished hosts overwhelmed by the sheer number of Rohingya visitors

COX'S BAZAR • It's hard to play the gracious host when your larder is bare, your pockets empty and your guests show no sign of leaving.

Your mood darkens further when the visitors hurt your livelihood and the world gives them a better deal than you.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 13, 2018, with the headline 'Last year's guests, this year's burden'. Print Edition | Subscribe