Since the majority of Rohingya refugees are women and girls, they are vulnerable to traffickers looking to make fast money in the Bangladeshi sex trade.
Child marriage is common among the Rohingya, but for those who have fled terror in Myanmar, insecurity and poverty are pushing many families to marry off their daughters even earlier.
They escaped a campaign of atrocities by Myanmar's military and militant Buddhist monks. Now Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh await a political deal that would allow them to return home.
With rising sea levels, Bangladeshi islanders are confronted with hard choices on how to best deal with the water that is both a threat and a necessity.
An AP report documents savage sexual assaults on 29 women and girls, age 13 to 35, bolstering the case that Myanmar’s armed forces are systematically employing rape as a "calculated tool of terror."
Why the Burmese military has used the rhetoric of the global war on terror as a pretext for its ethnic cleansing campaign against the Rohingya Muslims
The Rohingya have been stripped of citizenship, prevented from having children, and systematically murdered. But the United Nations may never be able to prosecute the Rohingya genocide.
Learning to surf transformed the lives of a group of Bangladeshi girls—and forced them to fight against sexual harassment. They attracted Western media attention and the attacks got worse.
An unprecedented study in Bangladesh could reveal how malnutrition, poor sanitation and other challenges make their mark on child development.
Doug Bock Clark explores the idea of home for those in a Rohingya refugee camp.
The UN runs several refugee camps for Rohingya fleeing Myanmar in Bangladesh, including Kutapolong. However, most refugees live in informal squatter camps. This is a look at life in both camps.
The government finally made a move against the Hazaribagh tanneries over the weekend.
Refugees fear the fate that awaits them in Myanmar and are refusing to return without guarantees of safety. In the camps girls face being trafficked into the sex trade or forced into child marriages.
In the 1960s, Bangladesh walled off parts of its coast to stop flooding and create farmland. Today that land is afflicted with chronic flooding, due to these very walls. Can the problem be solved?
"All I have left are my words," the Rohingya Muslim refugee said. The AP documents systematic gang rape of Rohingya women by the Myanmar military, and reconstructs a massacre in one Rohingya village.
From cotton farms in Burkina Faso to sweatshops in Bangladesh and Romania, a story of the real costs of our globalized economy.
While the developed world continues to deliberate climate change, the seas have already found their way into Bangladeshi lives.
Vaccines for rotavirus, cholera and other diseases result in relatively weak immunity among children in Asia and Africa. Can treating pervasive, chronic gut disease boost vaccine performance?
One year after the collapse of Rana Plaza many workers in Bangladesh still depend on garment-making—despite the low wages and high safety risk that come with the job.
The Rana Plaza tragedy exposed the hidden cost of Bangladesh’s $20 billion-a-year export garment industry. Jason Motlagh returns to investigate the systemic problems that led to the deadly collapse.
Across the world more attention needs to be focused on children's needs so that girls as well as boys will attend school and learn to read, and that all will have safe water and access to healthcare.
From the slums of Nairobi to the sugar plantations of the Dominican Republic to the far reaches of Bangladesh, entire communities live without citizenship rights. They are “the stateless”.
A look at the water, sanitation and hygiene challenges faced by one the world's fastest growing megacities: Dhaka, Bangladesh, where thousands of people die each year from waterborne diseases.
Planet Earth's average temperature has risen about one degree Fahrenheit in the last fifty years. By the end of this century it will be several degrees higher, according to the latest climate research. But global warming is doing more than simply making things a little warmer.
Phil Caller and Tania Rashid discuss their three-part series for PBS NewsHour on the Rohingya refugee crisis—reporting on the mass exodus, rape, child marriage, and human trafficking—and finding a strong will to live and tenacity among the people.
Bangladesh is ground zero for learning how to adapt to climate change. Efforts on the coast to protect farmland and millions of people from flooding show just how hard it will be.
Grantee Justin Kenny discusses his reporting on Bangladesh tanneries.
Meta Krese and Jost Franko discuss today’s globalized economy by connecting growers of cotton from Burkina Faso, the garment industry in Bangladesh, and European consumers.
Why don’t certain vaccines work as well in low-income countries as they do in the U.S. and other high-income countries? And how can we shrink the gap?
Jason Motlagh returns to Bangladesh to investigate its export garment industry in the wake of the Rana Plaza tragedy.
Resources for teachers and students ahead of journalist Stephen Sapienza's visit.
Pulitzer Center grantee Greg Constantine talks about issues faced by the Rohingya, an ethnic minority in Myanmar who have been denied citizenship.
News and documentary producer Steve Sapienza introduces the water and sanitation reporting project called "Dhaka's Challenge: A Megacity Struggles with Water, Sanitation and Hygiene."
Executive Director of the Pulitzer Center, Jon Sawyer, discusses the challenges and surprises of reporting on water access, sanitation, and climate change in the crowded country of Bangladesh.
Pulitzer Center grantee Kristen Gelineau won the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) Award for Excellence in Reporting on Women's Issues for coverage of Rohingya women and girls raped by members of Myanmar's armed forces.
This week: The Burmese military's use of rape as a weapon of terror, Iran's growing influence in post-Hussein Iraq, and the story of why a hard-drive with secrets about an El Salvadorian colonel was stolen from a professor's office.
This week: As the world looks upon the Rohingya's plight, a refusal to acknowledge genocide; the fight to list mental health as a global health challenge; and the arduous process of finding schools for special needs children while abroad.
Journalism students in Winston-Salem, NC, explored the textiles industry over three weeks, creating a documentary that is rich in history and as current as the headlines of today.
This week: the dark history behind modern day cotton production, Saudi Arabia's religious exports, and the violent pursuit of sand.
2016 fellows report on a range of complex issues from around the world—from global health and perceptions of identity to environmental degradation and innovation.
Photographer's new book brings together a decade of reporting on a growing global phenomenon that now affects more than 10 million people.
Jason Motlagh's winning 2014 Virginia Quarterly Review article chronicles aftermath of the Rana Plaza collapse, sharing stories of the survivors and families of the dead.
Who is looking out for journalists, especially freelancers, working in hostile environments and conflict zones?
2015 National Magazine Award Finalists include Pulitzer Center grantees, Jason Motlagh, Lukas Augustin and Niklas Schenck.
Photographers take hard look at exploitative working conditions, health hazards and environmental problems associated with production of leather, garments and gold.
Watch award-winning documentary focused on one version of climate change adaptation in Bangladesh: floating schools.
Students evaluate how visual images work in tandem with words to create stories and produce writing that pairs text with visuals to describe the story of textile manufacturing in Winston-Salem, NC.
Students learn about the global textiles industry using photography, texts, and interviews and evaluate the connections between the industry in 19th c America and modern Bangladesh.
This is a painting lesson that combines Pablo Picasso's famous 1937 Guernica with current day issues presented from The Pulitzer Center.
Discuss the potential ramifications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement on labor rights.
Through this webquest, students use several different projects on the "Downstream" web portal to examine the impact of water resources on a wide range of communities around the world.
This is a multi-week unit on water rights and access. Students examine the causes of water shortages across the globe and explore solutions to ensure that all people have access to clean, safe...
This is a painting lesson that combines Pablo Picasso's famous 1937 "Guernica" with current day issues presented by the Pulitzer Center.
Use the six resources attached to learn about the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh, which is considered one of the worst accidents ever experienced by garment workers.
This is a painting lesson that combines Pablo Picasso's famous 1937 Guernica with current day issues presented by the Pulitzer Center.
This lesson plan outlines a project that allows students the opportunity to connect with a contemporary crisis somewhere in the world.
This global affairs lesson plan asks students to watch a short video and read a newspaper article to learn about the Rana Plaza factory collapse, and then compare it to historical industrial trends.
Students will learn about the importance of water safety and collect class data on swimming involvement.