“Rohingya who remain in Myanmar, and those who fled to Bangladesh struggle to survive,” said Paul Brockmann, MSF's regional operational director.
“The vast majority live in camps with severe movement restrictions, limited opportunities for employment or education, and without hope for a better future. With significant levels of violence in the Bangladesh camps and ongoing conflicts in Myanmar, the situation is forcing many Rohingya to make increasingly desperate choices such as risky sea journeys.”
"Lost at Sea" was produced in collaboration with produced Noon Films (based in Barcelona, Spain), and Presence (based in London) and has recently secured two significant awards, further solidifying its impact and humanitarian relevance in the realm of global cinema.
The accolades include Heroes International Film Festival, Rome for Best International Short Film and MUSOC (Festival for Social Cinema and Human Rights, Asturias): 4th Chema Castiello Award for the Best Short Film with social relevance and outstanding capacity to be used in classrooms for a younger audience.
What is the current situation?
Since mid-2022, violence in the camp has increased significantly. There has been an increase in armed clashes, killings and abductions and we witness the severe toll these incidents have on people’s lives. In 2023 MSF treated an increasing number of violence related injuries.
“Abductions have become common over the past twelve months,” said Brockmann. “Many individuals, particularly children, are forcibly abducted by traffickers and their families extorted to either pay for their return to Bangladesh or to be moved to Malaysia.”
The Rohingya's plight is compounded by the denial of their citizenship in Myanmar, rendering them legally stateless. One of the many implications of statelessness is the inability to obtain identification documents and passports.
There are no safe, legal pathways for Rohingya people to seek asylum in the region. This leaves them with no other option but to take these risky journeys and rely on human trafficking networks that put them at higher risk of death, violence, extortion or sexual assault.
"The Rohingya have nowhere to go,” said Brockmann. “They are not safe or given basic human rights anywhere in the region. It is crucial that the international community recognize the severity of the Rohingya refugee crisis and work towards mid-term solutions that respect their rights and dignity in the places they are now until they can eventually return to Myanmar. Rohingya deserve to live in safety, with access to essential services and opportunities. We are treating people for illnesses, but without a change in their living conditions and ongoing containment, there is no possible cure for their experiences."