Unwanted: The Rohingya Refugee Crisis in Bangladesh

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My latest trip for NPR took me across the world to Bangladesh, where some 75,000 Rohingya refugees have fled over the last six months or so to escape a brutal crackdown from the Myanmar army in their homeland. I went with reporter (now freelancer, once NPR Correspondent) Michael Sullivan and we were in Bangladesh for about a week and a half reporting, and then spend another week and a half in Bangkok, Thailand, doing post production out of our makeshift “NPR Cox’s Bazar Bureau.” We produced the following three stories about the Rohingya stuck indefinitely in bleak refugee camps near the border…

For NPR’s Morning Edition (with reporter Michael Sullivan): Long-Persecuted Rohingya Find Refuge, But Not Acceptance, In Bangladesh

For NPR’s Morning Edition (with reporter Michael Sullivan): Rohingya Fleeing Myanmar Describe Military Tactic Of Systematic Rape

For NPR’s Morning Edition (with reporter Michael Sullivan): Rohingya Families Flee Persecution And Suffering In Myanmar For Bangladesh

…and I even managed to write a little commentary about HOPE when I got back.

For NPR’s Goats and Soda: Can You Still Have Hope When Life Seems Hopeless?

You would think I’d have more to say about a trip like this but it’s not that I have nothing to say, it’s that I have too much to say about it. It was a crazy, amazing, heavy, bonkers, incredible trip and I wish there was room on this post to tell you about everything I learned — about myself and about being a journalist — but I think that’s a conversation that’s better had directly, either over coffee or on the phone.

I will, however, share my most favorite photo from the trip: the beach in Shamlapur, Bangladesh — almost completely untouched by humans and a beautiful moment I will keep in my heart forever.