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Andrew Gilmour and Pramila Patten

Pregnant Rohingya Refugees Are in Desperate Need

Thousands of women who were raped by the Burmese military live in refugee camps that are at risk from monsoon flooding.

But will the international community answer?

But will the international community answer?

Photographer: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images

In a few weeks, annual monsoon rains will drench Bangladesh. At the same time, along the country’s border with Myanmar, thousands of girls and women living in flimsy bamboo huts will be going into labor. Those new mothers will have to confront not only floods and mudslides, and a widespread lack of services, but a deep and unrelenting social stigma.

The reason? Many of these pregnancies are the result of rape.