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Trading inside the Rohingya camps

Faruk, 17, a Rohingya refugee trader holds betel leaves which are on sale at a stall in Palong Khali refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, November 3, 2017. He left his village in Myanmar when the military opened fire towards the Rohingya. “I buy this betel leaf from Palong Khali market, in one bundle there are 160 pieces, I buy it for 80 taka and I sell it for 100 taka. Bangladeshi’s and I sell for the same rate in the camp. Outside in the local market it is 80 taka per bundle. My problem is that I don’t have money so I can’t buy anything to eat, I can’t buy fish to eat”, he said. (Photo by Hannah McKay/Reuters)

Rohingya refugee Obaidul Mannan, 40, sells betel nut at a stall in Palong Khali refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, November 3, 2017. He bought it with 9 grams (0.3 ounces) of gold that belonged to his wife. His complaints are common to shopkeepers everywhere. “The problem IÕm facing here is that I’m selling next door to traders who are also selling the same items”, he said. The price of betel nut inside Palong Khali refugee camp is 25 taka per 50g. The price in Palong Khali Bazar is 17 taka per 50g. (Photo by Hannah McKay/Reuters)

Rohingya refugee and trader Abul Fayaj, 50, weighs green chillies at a stall in Palong Khali refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, October 29, 2017. He said a Bangladeshi lent him money for the chillies, which he sells for 200 taka ($2.39) per kg, higher than the local market price of 130 taka per kg. “I don’t have the money to take lots of food, that’s why I have to take a loan”, he said. “I have to pay more to the lender who gave me the money to buy the vegetables, so there is only a small profit”, said Fayaj, adding he takes home 100 taka a day (1 Bangladeshi Taka = 0.012 US Dollar). (Photo by Hannah McKay/Reuters)

Khala Miah, a Bangladeshi trader sells plums at a stall in Palong Khali refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, November 3, 2017. “I started my trading at an early age, I have been working in the camp for one month. I sell plum and plum powder, one pot is 10 taka. I buy the plum 1Kg for 50 taka and sell for 80 taka. Refugees tell me that they are very expensive, even though they tell me this, they still buy it”. The price in Palong Khali refugee camp is 10 taka per pot. The price in Palong Khali Bazar is 5 taka per Kg. (Photo by Hannah McKay/Reuters)

Mohammad Ayas, a 12-year-old Rohingya refugee trader sells piazu at a stall in Palong Khali refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, November 3, 2017. The 150 portions of piazu, made by his mother from the aid package the family received after fleeing violence in Myanmar, sell for 1 taka each, or a little more than 1 U.S. cent. “I started my trading here with the relief I got”, Mohammad said. “I did not buy anything. I got this relief package five days ago and my mum made this piazu this morning”. The price in Palong Khali refugee camp is 1 taka per piece. The price in Palong Khali Bazar is 1 taka per piece. (Photo by Hannah McKay/Reuters)

Red lentils are displayed for sale in a shop in Palong Khali refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, October 30, 2017. Kalim Ullah, 42, fled from the Buthidaung area with his wife, six sons and a daughter. He used to transport goods in Myanmar, but was told that Rohingya could not own a business in Bangladesh. Ullah joined up with a local business owner and now sells snacks and red chillies in the camp for a daily wage of 100 taka. Two Bangladesh government officials confirmed that the refugees are not legally allowed to own businesses in the country since they are not citizens. “We are giving all kind of humanitarian assistance. They are not our citizens”, said a senior home ministry official. “The Myanmar government will have to take them back”. (Photo by Hannah McKay/Reuters)

Bangladeshi trader Kuillah Miah, 60, weighs shrimp at a stall in Palong Khali refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, November 4, 2017. “I started my trading here two days ago, I just sell shrimp and it is 100 taka for 250g”, Miah said. “Yesterday I sold all my shrimp in a short time and today it will also all sell quickly”. The price of shrimp in Palong Khali refugee camp is 100 taka per 250g. The price in Palong Khali Bazar is 80 taka per 250g. (Photo by Hannah McKay/Reuters)

A Rohingya refugee boy, the son of Obaidul Mannan, weighs ginger powder at a stall in Palong Khali refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, November 3, 2017. “The problem I’m facing here is that I’m selling next door to traders who are also selling the same items”, he said. The price for chilli and ginger powder in Palong Khali refugee camp is 30 taka per 250g. The price in Palong Khali Bazar is 27.5 taka per 250g. (Photo by Hannah McKay/Reuters)

A dead chicken is seen on the floor of a chicken shop in Palong Khali refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, October 29, 2017. Rohingya refugee Abul Talek, 65, bought the chicken for one of his sick children. “I bought this chicken for 150 taka. I think the price is too much for me, a few days ago it was 130 taka and now it has increased 20 taka. I can’t go out of the camp to buy chicken, thats why I bought it from here”, he said. The price in Palong Khali refugee camp is 150 taka per chicken. The price in Palong Khali Bazar is 120 taka per chicken. (Photo by Hannah McKay/Reuters)

A large knife is displayed for sale in a shop in Palong Khali refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, October 30, 2017. Abdur Razzak, 26, sells knives, pots and water buckets in the Palong Khali camp where he set up shop three months ago. After paying rent on his shop, wages for two assistants and transporting goods from the town of Ukhia, about 9 km (5.4 miles) north of the camp, Razzak earns about 500 taka profit on sales of 2,000 taka. “I’m not making a lot of money. I just profit a little”, he said. (Photo by Hannah McKay/Reuters)

Femipil and other medicines are displayed for sale in a pharmacy in Palong Khali refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, October 30, 2017. Bangladeshi trader Mohammed Yusuf, 18, started trading three days ago. He sells Femipil at 18 taka per packet. “My prices are similar to that of all over Bangladesh. I just sell products which have fixed prices on them. Rohingya refugees don’t know the price of medicine, most of them are uneducated thats why they are saying the prices are too high for them”, he said. (Photo by Hannah McKay/Reuters)

Healthcare products are displayed for sale in a shop in Palong Khali refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, October 24, 2017. Bangladeshi trader Mohammed Absar, 20, has been trading for two months in the camp. “I sell cakes, biscuits, and many other things”, he said. “I buy from the wholesaler who comes into the camp so I can buy it cheaper”. The price in Palong Khali refugee camp is 15 taka per toothbrush. The price in Palong Khali Bazar is 7.5 taka per toothbrush. (Photo by Hannah McKay/Reuters)

Cigarettes are displayed for sale at a stall in Palong Khali refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, October 29, 2017. Rohingya refugee trader Mohammed Arab, 12, is employed in the camp. “I am working on behalf of a Bangladeshi, he gives me 50 taka at the end of each day. The cigarette company come here and they give us cigarettes to sell, in one day I can sell 1500 taka worth of cigarettes. I am selling the cigarettes less than others because my shop is bigger than others. I am not facing any problems because I am working for a local Bangladeshi”. The price in Palong Khali refugee camp is 10 taka per packet. The price in Palong Khali Bazar is 9 taka per packet. (Photo by Hannah McKay/Reuters)

Fans are displayed for sale in a shop in Palong Khali refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, November 1, 2017. Bangladeshi trader Nurul Absar, 40, started trading two months ago. “I sell different kinds of things like fans, shoes and many others”, he said. “It’s cheap so the refugees can buy them. They are unable to pay much so we sell it cheaply for them”. The price in Palong Khali refugee camp is 35 taka per fan. The price in Palong Khali Bazar is 35 taka per fan. (Photo by Hannah McKay/Reuters)

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