Project Detail: The Wretched and the Earth


Reportage and Documentary 2019




Gabriele Cecconi



Project Info

The Wretched and the Earth

In August 2017, almost 1 million Rohingya flocked to Bangladesh, fleeing persecution in their country of origin, Myanmar. Today one million refugees are housed in makeshift camps in the Bengal region of Cox’s Bazar and while their living conditions are extremely precarious the future of these families remains uncertain. The project aim to investigate the environmental impact of a sudden mass migration in order to gure out the indissoluble relation between human being and its environment delineating the intersection of two very pressing narratives:people struggling to survive with few precious resources, and the impact of the refugee crisis on an already beleaguered ecosystem.The pressure on the local ecosystem is unsustainable and in a particularly fragile region of a country that is one of the most vulnerable to climate change, the environmental crisis in Cox’s Bazar is an acute example of the challenge posed by mass migration.