Brian Sokol/UNHCR

Cox's Bazar District, Bangladesh

'If hadn't had my lati, I would have crawled to Bangladesh.' The most important thing that Omar, who is 102 and blind, brought with him is his lati or walking stick. He and his fellow villagers fled their homes after witnessing a horrific attack on the neighbouring village and several brutal murders. Omar found his way by following the voices of the other refugees and using his lati. At one point, after hopping off oa fisherman's boat, he was lost in a mangrove forest for seven hours, up to his neck in water. Omar says leaving his village was the hardest thing he has ever done, but now that he is safe and reunited with his family, he is happy and at peace. 'If you laugh, others will laugh with you. And if you stop laughing, you will die.'

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Brian Sokol/UNHCR
Cox's Bazar District
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