Project description

This graphic provided the first detailed look at the dire living conditions inside the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar.Using satellite imagery and data, the graphic documented the rapid expansion and lack of infrastructure in the largest camp cluster, Kutupalong. Makeshift toilets sit next to wells that are too shallow, contaminating water supply. Living space is also in a desperate state.

What makes this project innovative?

The project incorporated data-driven graphics, photo and video to package the story together.

What was the impact of your project? How did you measure it?

The project was circulated widely on social media and gained interest from aid agencies and humanitarian organisations involved in the crisis. A mapping coordinator from Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) called it “a magnificent example of how mapping can and should be used.”

Source and methodology

Reuters gained access to data from a group of aid agencies working together to document the location of infrastructure throughout the sprawling Kutupalong camp by using handheld GPS devices on the ground. The graphics team recognised that parts of the data set could be used to analyse the accessibility of basic water and sanitation facilities.After some preliminary analysis, we were able to see that some areas had water pumps located too close to makeshift toilets, raising major health issues.We displayed this information in a narrative graphic format with each water pump and temporary latrine marked by a dot and overlaid on a diagram of the camp footprint. We compared these locations to the U.N.’s basic guidelines to illustrate the potential health risks.Reuters photographers then used these coordinates to visit specific sites and document real examples of latrines and water pumps in close proximity to each other.

Technologies Used

HTML, CSS, Javscript, QGIS and Illustrator were primarily used for the project.

Project members

Simon Scarr, Weiyi Cai


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