Photos: Life inside Cox’s Bazar’s sprawling Rohingya refugee camps

The number of Rohingya refugees battling terror, exhaustion and hunger to reach safety in Bangladesh has swelled to 600,000 since the August 25 upsurge in violence. Camps in the vicinity of Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh now approach nearly a million inhabitants living with scant access to clean water, sanitation or medical care. A look at what constitutes daily life for these refugees.

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A Rohingya refugee family eats as they sit inside their semi constructed shelter at Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. More than 600,000 Rohingya from northern Rakhine have fled to Bangladesh since August 25, 2017 when Myanmar security forces began a scorched-earth campaign against their villages. These new arrivals join more than 300,000 Rohingya who had escaped in recent years. (Adnan Abidi / REUTERS)

A Rohingya refugee family eats as they sit inside their semi constructed shelter at Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. More than 600,000 Rohingya from northern Rakhine have fled to Bangladesh since August 25, 2017 when Myanmar security forces began a scorched-earth campaign against their villages. These new arrivals join more than 300,000 Rohingya who had escaped in recent years. (Adnan Abidi / REUTERS)

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Rohingya refugee children carry supplies with Balukhali refugee camp seen on a hillock near Cox’s Bazar on October 23, 2017. More than 300,000 children are among the refugees. Mark Lowcock, U.N. humanitarian coordinator, announced that many were acutely malnourished. (Hannah McKay / REUTERS)

Rohingya refugee children carry supplies with Balukhali refugee camp seen on a hillock near Cox’s Bazar on October 23, 2017. More than 300,000 children are among the refugees. Mark Lowcock, U.N. humanitarian coordinator, announced that many were acutely malnourished. (Hannah McKay / REUTERS)

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A refugee woman hangs her washing out in Balukhali refugee camp near Cox's Bazar on October 22, 2017. (Zohra Bensemra / REUTERS)

A refugee woman hangs her washing out in Balukhali refugee camp near Cox's Bazar on October 22, 2017. (Zohra Bensemra / REUTERS)

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A Rohingya refugee washes utensils outside her shelter in Palong Khali refugee camp near Cox's Bazar on October 24, 2017. (Hannah McKay / REUTERS)

A Rohingya refugee washes utensils outside her shelter in Palong Khali refugee camp near Cox's Bazar on October 24, 2017. (Hannah McKay / REUTERS)

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A refugee girl reads the Quran during a lesson at a mosque in Palong Khali refugee camp near Cox's Bazar on October 24, 2017. (Hannah McKay / REUTERS)

A refugee girl reads the Quran during a lesson at a mosque in Palong Khali refugee camp near Cox's Bazar on October 24, 2017. (Hannah McKay / REUTERS)

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Rohingya refugees travel on a truck, as they shift to another camp, outside the Palong Khali refugee camp near Cox's Bazar on October 23, 2017. (Adnan Abidi / REUTERS)

Rohingya refugees travel on a truck, as they shift to another camp, outside the Palong Khali refugee camp near Cox's Bazar on October 23, 2017. (Adnan Abidi / REUTERS)

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Rohingya refugee Halima accompanies her eight-month-old son Muhammed Hares as he is treated at the Red Cross clinic in Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia. With 210 hospital beds available for more than 900,000 people living with little access to clean water, sanitation or medical care, the refugees’ situation is a ‘time bomb ticking toward a full-blown health crisis, said Joanne Liu, the international president of Doctors Without Borders. (Tauseef Mustafa / AFP)

Rohingya refugee Halima accompanies her eight-month-old son Muhammed Hares as he is treated at the Red Cross clinic in Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia. With 210 hospital beds available for more than 900,000 people living with little access to clean water, sanitation or medical care, the refugees’ situation is a ‘time bomb ticking toward a full-blown health crisis, said Joanne Liu, the international president of Doctors Without Borders. (Tauseef Mustafa / AFP)

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10-year-old Ruzina Akhter, whose parents died while crossing the Myanmar border, cooks food inside a shelter at a refugee camp in Palong Khali near Cox's Bazar on October 22, 2017. (Adnan Abidi / REUTERS)

10-year-old Ruzina Akhter, whose parents died while crossing the Myanmar border, cooks food inside a shelter at a refugee camp in Palong Khali near Cox's Bazar on October 22, 2017. (Adnan Abidi / REUTERS)

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Rohingya refugees manually drill a borewell for water at the Palong Khali refugee camp near Cox's Bazar on October 23, 2017. (Adnan Abidi / REUTERS)

Rohingya refugees manually drill a borewell for water at the Palong Khali refugee camp near Cox's Bazar on October 23, 2017. (Adnan Abidi / REUTERS)

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Rohingya refugees sit in a queue as they wait to receive humanitarian aid at Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox's Bazar on October 24, 2017. The UN food aid agency said that it had distributed food to 580,000 people since the crisis erupted, but that it had received less than one-third of the $77 million it needs to aid 1 million people over six months. (Adnan Abidi / REUTERS)

Rohingya refugees sit in a queue as they wait to receive humanitarian aid at Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox's Bazar on October 24, 2017. The UN food aid agency said that it had distributed food to 580,000 people since the crisis erupted, but that it had received less than one-third of the $77 million it needs to aid 1 million people over six months. (Adnan Abidi / REUTERS)

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Eight-year-old Zannat, a Rohingya refugee, stands at the entrance to Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox's Bazar on October 23, 2017. (Hannah McKay / REUTERS)

Eight-year-old Zannat, a Rohingya refugee, stands at the entrance to Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox's Bazar on October 23, 2017. (Hannah McKay / REUTERS)

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An elderly Rohingya refugee man lies at his shelter in Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar on October 20, 2017. (Zohra Bensemra / REUTERS)

An elderly Rohingya refugee man lies at his shelter in Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar on October 20, 2017. (Zohra Bensemra / REUTERS)

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Rohingya refugees who crossed the border from Myanmar this week take shelter at a school in Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox's Bazar on October 22, 2017. (Zohra Bensemra / REUTERS)

Rohingya refugees who crossed the border from Myanmar this week take shelter at a school in Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox's Bazar on October 22, 2017. (Zohra Bensemra / REUTERS)

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Rohingya refugee children play outside their shelters at Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox's Bazar on October 24, 2017. (Adnan Abidi / REUTERS)

Rohingya refugee children play outside their shelters at Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox's Bazar on October 24, 2017. (Adnan Abidi / REUTERS)

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A Rohingya refugee boy carries a fish from a haul in Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox's Bazar on October 21, 2017. (Zohra Bensemra / REUTERS)

A Rohingya refugee boy carries a fish from a haul in Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox's Bazar on October 21, 2017. (Zohra Bensemra / REUTERS)

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A Rohingya refugee boy, who crossed the border from Myanmar this week, eats while taking shelter at Seagull Primary School, in the Kutupalong refugee camp, near Cox's Bazar on October 23, 2017. (Hannah McKay / REUTERS)

A Rohingya refugee boy, who crossed the border from Myanmar this week, eats while taking shelter at Seagull Primary School, in the Kutupalong refugee camp, near Cox's Bazar on October 23, 2017. (Hannah McKay / REUTERS)

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Recent Rohingya refugees construct tents provided by the UNHCR at a school in Kotupalang refugee camp near Cox's Bazar on October 21, 2017. (Zohra Bensemra / REUTERS)

Recent Rohingya refugees construct tents provided by the UNHCR at a school in Kotupalang refugee camp near Cox's Bazar on October 21, 2017. (Zohra Bensemra / REUTERS)

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A Rohingya refugee girl sleeps beside her family’s belongings while taking shelter at a school in Kotupalang refugee camp near Cox's Bazar on October 21, 2017. (Zohra Bensemra / REUTERS)

A Rohingya refugee girl sleeps beside her family’s belongings while taking shelter at a school in Kotupalang refugee camp near Cox's Bazar on October 21, 2017. (Zohra Bensemra / REUTERS)

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Rohingya refugees are registered by Bangladeshi army personnel at a registration center in Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar on October 20, 2017. (Zohra Bensemra / REUTERS)

Rohingya refugees are registered by Bangladeshi army personnel at a registration center in Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar on October 20, 2017. (Zohra Bensemra / REUTERS)

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Silhouettes of Rohingya refugees are reflected in a pond as they walk through Palong Khali refugee camp at sunrise, near Cox's Bazar on October 24, 2017. (Hannah McKay / REUTERS)

Silhouettes of Rohingya refugees are reflected in a pond as they walk through Palong Khali refugee camp at sunrise, near Cox's Bazar on October 24, 2017. (Hannah McKay / REUTERS)

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