This was first published on The Lowy Institute’s Interpreter on 22 August, 2023.
The nightmare scenario has arrived for the Rohingya people living in refugee camps in Bangladesh. Disease and living conditions have reached a level that is unacceptable and inhumane.
Right now, there is a 40 per cent prevalence rate of scabies in the camps. That is over 400,000 people believed to have contracted this extremely contagious and neglected tropical disease. This would be one of the largest recorded outbreaks of the disease, in the world’s largest refugee camp, home to almost one million Rohingya refugees – one of the most persecuted minorities in modern history.