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"I'm gonna be a pilot when I grow up"

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"Three Generations" - New mom watches as new grandma nurses her newborn. Field visit for post birth checkup - mom has a slight fever.

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Sadak's aunt outside her shelter. Kutupalong, Bangladesh.

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A Rohingya boy and his mother receive treatment at a field clinic staffed by amazing self-funded volunteer doctors, nurses, and translators. #doctorswithoutborders

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Sadak's mother and sister welcome me for dinner in their shelter. Barely able to stand getting bit by mosquitos in the stuffy shelter, I was relieved to return to my hotel that night. It wasn't until Sadak texts thanking me for visiting that I realize - they're all still there.

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Winner winner

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"Everybody does their part"

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A psych patient waits outside a medical clinic which unfortunately will not be able to see her. The military is forcing roads and clinics to close early today as the Turkish prime minister is visiting the camp. Patients have trouble getting transported to the hospital.

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"My baby is hungry, he no longer has a father. You don't understand coming from your privileged life." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A frustrated mother cried at me demanding help. With almost one million refugees I explained the biggest impact I can make is by telling their story. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "Show them this face of despair."

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"Welcome to the neighborhood" - A boy and his sister emerge from their freshly built shelters having just recently fled from Myranmar. They are the newest residences of Kutupalong refugee camp at almost one million in population. Behind, the jungle is being cleared to further expand the camp in preparation for the hundreds still arriving each day. The entire hill was populated when we returned a week later.

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What do you feel

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A Rohingya man carries his injured brother through dirty streams to avoid infection. Chopping & collecting wood deep in the jungle, the trek back to camp took us three hours. #everydayrefugees

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Men carry allocated supplies back to their families following a World Food Programme distribution.

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Women wait in line to be seen at at a field clinic setup by the Hope Foundation - a local Bangladeshi NGO focused on providing women with reproductive medical care. With limited access to medical attention and education, women giving birth in their camp shelters result in high maternal women and child mortality rate. Volunteer midwives train and provide services such as field visits, delivery, and postnatal exams.

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“My mother is overjoyed to have a guest travel so far to come visit our home” 20 year old Sadak translates as his mother prepares dinner for us in their temporary shelter. Sadak lives with his mother, sister, aunt, and cousin in Kutupalong refugee camp - both his father and uncle were executed in Myanmar. “She hopes you will share our story with the World”

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A boy flashes a grin as he wades through water with wood he collected to sell at the bazar. He should expect to receive about 1 USD for his day's work. Every day, an endless stream of hundreds of children emerge from the jungle carrying firewood. As wood nearby is collected and the camp increases in population, the children must trek deeper into the jungle. After spending a day trekking with them, we find out they hike a total of 5 hours every day - without shoes or water. #everydayrefugees

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A curious girl stops for a portrait in the local run bazar of Kutupalong refugee camp. As Bangladeshi locals & Rohingya refugees are similar in physical appearance, it is difficult to tell which this girl is: a wealthy shop owner's daughter from the nearby beach resort town or a refugee child who recently escaped genocide. #everydayrefugees

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A sick child is seen at a makeshift medical clinic for diphtheria - a deadly airborne virus which often result from unsanitary conditions and overcrowding in refugee camps. I shot this as a volunteer photographer for Hope Foundation to promote their organization and receive sponsorship - they are a Bangladeshi NGO that provides medical care for underprivileged women, children, and now refugees. Amazing self-funded doctors, nurses, and volunteers come from around the world to give their time making a huge impact for normal everyday people stuck in an unfortunate situation.

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