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MYANMAR-ROHINGYA/WEDDING
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December 28, 2017
The bride's hands are covered with decorative patterns inked in henna, the groom is perfumed and the...
Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh
The Wider Image: Wedding in a Rohingya refugee camp
The bride's hands are covered with decorative patterns inked in henna, the groom is perfumed and the guests feast and dance the night away in a colourful tent. In most ways, the happiest day of Shofika Begum and Saddam Hussein's lives mirrors that of couples getting married the world over. The big difference is where the two are living and celebrating their wedding - at the Kutupalong refugee camp, one of several sprawling settlements of bamboo poles and plastic sheets in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district, where about 660,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, most of whom are stateless, have sought refuge since late August. Both the bride and groom are from Kha Maung Seik, a village in Maungdaw township in Myanmar's Rakhine State. The village is known to the Rohingya as Foira Bazar for its market of about 1,000 shops. Saddam, 23, and Shofika, 18, planned to marry even before the latest violence. Saddam, whose family were shopkeepers in Myanmar, said they fled after military forces burned their homes. He lost touch with Shofika for a couple of weeks during that chaotic period, but they were reunited in the Kutupalong camp. Three months later, they are celebrating their wedding. REUTERS SEARCH "ROHINGYA WEDDING" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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