Rohingya children who escaped to Delhi: A photofeature

The Kalindi Kunj camp is home to 50 families and was set up in 2012 on land provided by the Zakat Foundation, a charity organization.

Rohingya children who escaped to Delhi: A photofeature

India is getting ready to relax norms for Hindu people refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and elsewhere. But the flood of refugees from Myanmar is increasing day by day. Toddler Mohamed Shohayet died recently after drowning when attempting to reach Bangladesh.

Following state-sponsored pogroms against them, Rohingya Muslims have left Myanmar for sanctuary in India and other countries nearby. Refugee camps have come up in Vikas Nagar in north Delhi, Khajoori Khas in north-east Delhi and the Kalindi Kunj camp on the road out of the capital into Noida.

The Kalindi Kunj camp is home to 50 families and was set up in 2012 on land provided by the Zakat Foundation, a charity organization.

Not many in the camp speak Hindi, but whoever does is out there making a livelihood which has been affected by demonetisation. All the families have more relatives in Rakhine in Myanmar who want to get out of the country but can’t. The refugees’s only proof of identity is the identity card issued by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Chief Photographer Vijay Pandey has been keeping a shutterbug’s eye on the camp and its children. Here are some photos taken through 2016.

[caption id="attachment_341857" align="alignnone" width="700"] Ready to party on Eid. Children in full Eid splendour with new clothes and newer sunglasses.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_341858" align="alignnone" width="700"] Balloon mania. Children at the camp don’t seem to have enough of the balloons.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_341859" align="alignnone" width="700"] Hard at work studying. Children attend the makeshift madarsa within the camp. It seems some play is okay along with work here.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_341860" align="alignnone" width="700"] Alphabet fans. Children play their teacher while he had stepped out for prayers.[/caption]

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A boy peeps from behind a book to check if the photographer has left and is unwittingly captured in this picture.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_341862" align="alignnone" width="700"] When all play is the normal.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_341864" align="alignnone" width="700"] Sharp shooter: A boy aims for the most important target in his life at this moment: a black marble in the foreground.[/caption]