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'Can't take this pain': Rohingya mother searches for son after refugee camp blaze
After losing her husband, two young sons and her home, Noor Banu thought she had seen the worst of life. She made the perilous journey from her village in Myanmar’s Rakhine State to the refugee camps in Bangladesh in 2017, with nothing except her four surviving boys. Now she fears she has lost another son to the massive blaze that ripped through the Cox's Bazar camps, reducing tarpaulin and bamboo shelters to ash. More than 300 refugees are missing. Eleven-year-old Mohammed Karim is among them. "I can’t take this pain any more," Banu said, breaking into sobs as she spoke to Reuters inside a temporary shelter on Friday. "I believe Karim is dead, and I may not even be able to identify his body." The 32-year-old Rohingya Muslim has already seen two sons die by fire. In 2016, as the Myanmar army poured into Rohingya villages in response to coordinated insurgent attacks on security posts, Banu said her home was set ablaze in Pawet Chaung, killing the two boys – one barely a year old, and another seven.
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March 26, 2021
Noor Banu, 32, adjusts her scarf next to the remains of her burnt makeshift shelter after a fire broke...
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The Wider Image: 'Can't take this pain': Rohingya mother searches for son after refugee camp blaze
Noor Banu, 32, adjusts her scarf next to the remains of her burnt makeshift shelter after a fire broke out earlier this week and destroyed thousands of shelters at the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, March 25, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain SEARCH "BALUKHALI FAMILY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.
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March 26, 2021
Brothers Mohammed Harun, 10, and Mohammed Akter, 8, remove ashes from the floor of their burnt makeshift...
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The Wider Image: 'Can't take this pain': Rohingya mother searches for son after refugee camp blaze
Brothers Mohammed Harun, 10, and Mohammed Akter, 8, remove ashes from the floor of their burnt makeshift shelter after a fire broke out earlier this week and destroyed thousands of shelters at the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, March 25, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain SEARCH "BALUKHALI FAMILY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.
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March 26, 2021
Brothers Mohammed Akter, 8, and Mohammed Harun, 10, both of whom were partially burnt in Myanmar after...
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The Wider Image: 'Can't take this pain': Rohingya mother searches for son after refugee camp blaze
Brothers Mohammed Akter, 8, and Mohammed Harun, 10, both of whom were partially burnt in Myanmar after a military-led crackdown in 2017, pose for a photograph on the floor of their burnt shelter after a fire broke out earlier this week and damaged thousands of shelters at the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, March 25, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain SEARCH "BALUKHALI FAMILY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 26, 2021
A Rohingya refugee boy sits on a stack of burnt materials after a fire broke out earlier this week and...
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The Wider Image: 'Can't take this pain': Rohingya mother searches for son after refugee camp blaze
A Rohingya refugee boy sits on a stack of burnt materials after a fire broke out earlier this week and destroyed thousands of shelters at the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, March 24, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain SEARCH "BALUKHALI FAMILY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 26, 2021
Noor Banu, 32, talks to a relative over the phone as she tries to trace her eleven-year-old son Mohammed...
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The Wider Image: 'Can't take this pain': Rohingya mother searches for son after refugee camp blaze
Noor Banu, 32, talks to a relative over the phone as she tries to trace her eleven-year-old son Mohammed Karim, who went missing after a fire broke out earlier this week and destroyed thousands of shelters at the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, March 25, 2021. "I can't take this pain any more," Banu said. "I believe Karim is dead, and I may not even be able to identify his body." REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain SEARCH "BALUKHALI FAMILY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 26, 2021
Noor Banu, 32, reacts as she sits on the floor after seeing a photograph of a dead body on a smartphone...
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The Wider Image: 'Can't take this pain': Rohingya mother searches for son after refugee camp blaze
Noor Banu, 32, reacts as she sits on the floor after seeing a photograph of a dead body on a smartphone that she thought was possibly of her eleven-year-old son Mohammed Karim, who went missing after a fire broke out earlier this week and destroyed thousands of shelters at the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, March 25, 2021. "I can't take this pain any more," Banu said. "I believe Karim is dead, and I may not even be able to identify his body." REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain SEARCH "BALUKHALI FAMILY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 26, 2021
Noor Banu, 32, points at a picture of her eleven-year-old son Mohammed Karim who went missing after a...
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The Wider Image: 'Can't take this pain': Rohingya mother searches for son after refugee camp blaze
Noor Banu, 32, points at a picture of her eleven-year-old son Mohammed Karim who went missing after a fire broke out earlier this week and destroyed thousands of shelters at the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, March 25, 2021. "I can't take this pain any more," Banu said. "I believe Karim is dead, and I may not even be able to identify his body." REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain SEARCH "BALUKHALI FAMILY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 26, 2021
Mohammed Akter, 8, collects drinking water in a jerrycan from a tube-well at the Balukhali refugee camp...
Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh
The Wider Image: 'Can't take this pain': Rohingya mother searches for son after refugee camp blaze
Mohammed Akter, 8, collects drinking water in a jerrycan from a tube-well at the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, March 25, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain SEARCH "BALUKHALI FAMILY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 26, 2021
Noor Banu, 32, reaches out of her brother-in-law's makeshift shelter as she puts a solar powered lamp...
Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh
The Wider Image: 'Can't take this pain': Rohingya mother searches for son after refugee camp blaze
Noor Banu, 32, reaches out of her brother-in-law's makeshift shelter as she puts a solar powered lamp under sunlight to charge it, after her shelter was burnt in a fire earlier this week which destroyed thousands of shelters at the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, March 25, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain SEARCH "BALUKHALI FAMILY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 26, 2021
Mohammed Harun, 10, looks at a photograph of his father who is jailed in Myanmar, after their shelter...
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The Wider Image: 'Can't take this pain': Rohingya mother searches for son after refugee camp blaze
Mohammed Harun, 10, looks at a photograph of his father who is jailed in Myanmar, after their shelter was damaged in a fire that broke out earlier this week and destroyed thousands of shelters at the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, March 25, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain SEARCH "BALUKHALI FAMILY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 26, 2021
Mohammed Salim, 13, assists his mother Noor Banu, 32, who has a wound on her knee, as they make their...
Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh
The Wider Image: 'Can't take this pain': Rohingya mother searches for son after refugee camp blaze
Mohammed Salim, 13, assists his mother Noor Banu, 32, who has a wound on her knee, as they make their way to the International Organization for Migration (IMO) center to collect relief supplies after a fire broke out earlier this week which destroyed thousands of shelters at the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, March 26, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain SEARCH "BALUKHALI FAMILY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 26, 2021
Damaged liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders are piled on top of each other after a fire broke out...
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The Wider Image: 'Can't take this pain': Rohingya mother searches for son after refugee camp blaze
Damaged liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders are piled on top of each other after a fire broke out earlier this week and destroyed thousands of shelters at the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, March 24, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain SEARCH "BALUKHALI FAMILY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 26, 2021
Mohammed Harun, 10, who was partially burnt in Myanmar after a military-led crackdown in 2017, poses...
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The Wider Image: 'Can't take this pain': Rohingya mother searches for son after refugee camp blaze
Mohammed Harun, 10, who was partially burnt in Myanmar after a military-led crackdown in 2017, poses for a photograph at a relative's shelter after his shelter was burnt in a fire which broke out earlier this week and destroyed thousands of shelters at the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, March 25, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain SEARCH "BALUKHALI FAMILY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 26, 2021
Mohammed Harun, 10, the son of Noor Banu, removes ashes from the floor of their burnt makeshift shelter...
Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh
The Wider Image: 'Can't take this pain': Rohingya mother searches for son after refugee camp blaze
Mohammed Harun, 10, the son of Noor Banu, removes ashes from the floor of their burnt makeshift shelter after a fire broke out earlier this week and destroyed thousands of shelters at the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, March 25, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain SEARCH "BALUKHALI FAMILY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 26, 2021
Clothes are hung up to dry near makeshift shelters after a fire broke out earlier this week and destroyed...
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The Wider Image: 'Can't take this pain': Rohingya mother searches for son after refugee camp blaze
Clothes are hung up to dry near makeshift shelters after a fire broke out earlier this week and destroyed thousands of shelters at the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, March 25, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain SEARCH "BALUKHALI FAMILY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 26, 2021
Remains of Noor Banu's belongings are positioned for a photograph after a fire broke out earlier this...
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The Wider Image: 'Can't take this pain': Rohingya mother searches for son after refugee camp blaze
Remains of Noor Banu's belongings are positioned for a photograph after a fire broke out earlier this week that destroyed thousands of homes at the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, March 26, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain SEARCH "BALUKHALI FAMILY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 26, 2021
A burnt assistance card and relief token belonging to Noor Banu, 32, is positioned for a photograph after...
Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh
The Wider Image: 'Can't take this pain': Rohingya mother searches for son after refugee camp blaze
A burnt assistance card and relief token belonging to Noor Banu, 32, is positioned for a photograph after a fire broke out earlier this week which destroyed thousands of shelters at the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, March 26, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain SEARCH "BALUKHALI FAMILY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 26, 2021
A Rohingya refugee stands amongst the remains of burnt materials after a fire broke out earlier this...
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The Wider Image: 'Can't take this pain': Rohingya mother searches for son after refugee camp blaze
A Rohingya refugee stands amongst the remains of burnt materials after a fire broke out earlier this week and destroyed thousands of shelters at the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, March 24, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain SEARCH "BALUKHALI FAMILY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 26, 2021
Noor Banu, 32, stands in her brother-in-law's shelter as she speaks to her relatives and local Rohingyas...
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The Wider Image: 'Can't take this pain': Rohingya mother searches for son after refugee camp blaze
Noor Banu, 32, stands in her brother-in-law's shelter as she speaks to her relatives and local Rohingyas about her eleven-year-old son Mohammed Karim who went missing after a fire broke out earlier this week that destroyed thousands of shelters at the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, March 26, 2021. "I can't take this pain any more," Banu said. "I believe Karim is dead, and I may not even be able to identify his body." REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain SEARCH "BALUKHALI FAMILY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 26, 2021
Rohingya volunteers clean up an area after a fire broke out earlier this week that destroyed thousands...
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The Wider Image: 'Can't take this pain': Rohingya mother searches for son after refugee camp blaze
Rohingya volunteers clean up an area after a fire broke out earlier this week that destroyed thousands of shelters at the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, March 26, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain SEARCH "BALUKHALI FAMILY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 26, 2021
Noor Banu, 32, and her two sons Mohammed Salim, 13, and Mohammad Harun, 10, wait at the International...
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The Wider Image: 'Can't take this pain': Rohingya mother searches for son after refugee camp blaze
Noor Banu, 32, and her two sons Mohammed Salim, 13, and Mohammad Harun, 10, wait at the International Organization for Migration (IMO) center to collect relief supplies after a fire broke out earlier this week that destroyed thousands of shelters at the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, March 26, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain SEARCH "BALUKHALI FAMILY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 26, 2021
Rohingya volunteers help out at a meal distribution centre after a fire broke out earlier this week that...
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The Wider Image: 'Can't take this pain': Rohingya mother searches for son after refugee camp blaze
Rohingya volunteers help out at a meal distribution centre after a fire broke out earlier this week that destroyed thousands of shelters at the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, March 26, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain SEARCH "BALUKHALI FAMILY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 26, 2021
Noor Banu, 32, has a wound treated at a makeshift medical centre after a fire broke out earlier this...
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The Wider Image: 'Can't take this pain': Rohingya mother searches for son after refugee camp blaze
Noor Banu, 32, has a wound treated at a makeshift medical centre after a fire broke out earlier this week that destroyed thousands of shelters at the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, March 26, 2021. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain SEARCH "BALUKHALI FAMILY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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