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In pictures: How Rohingya are celebrating Eid in refugees camps

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In pictures: How Rohingya are celebrating Eid in refugees camps

In pictures: How Rohingya are celebrating Eid in refugees camps
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Rohingya refugees in the sprawling refugee camp of Cox’s Bazar celebrated the four-day Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

In the refugee camp, which is home to hundreds of thousands of Rohingya, the faithful answered the morning call to prayer, filling makeshift mosques.

Persecuted in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar, many Muslim Rohingyas said they had to pray secretly in the country before fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh.

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A Rohingya refugee cries during Eid al-Adha prayer in Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar.REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

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Rohingya refugees sit in a mosque as they offer Eid al-Adha prayers.REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

Despite living in makeshift shelters in the Bangladesh "mega camp", families were pictured buying new clothes to dress up and toys for their children.

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A Rohingya refugee girl tries a new dress at a shop to celebrate the Eid al-Adha.REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

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A Rohingya refugee tailor works to complete an order ahead of Eid al-Adha.REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

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A Rohingya refugee checks children's dresses to sell ahead of Eid al-Adha.REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir

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Rohingya refugee children walk in the morning wearing new clothes to celebrate Eid al-Adha.REUTERS/Mohammad

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Rohingya children walk in the morning wearing new clothes to celebrate Eid al-Adha.REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

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Rohingya refugee children ride on a swing ride on the day of Eid al-Adha.REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

The four-day holiday of Eid al-Adha, which celebrates the Prophet Ibrahim and his willingness to sacrifice his son, sees Muslims slaughter sheep, cattle or goats.

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Rohingya refugees sit on a pile of brick fragments before the sacrificing of cows on the day of Eid al-Adha.REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

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Rohingya refugees stand beside a road as they go to buy cattle ahead of Eid al-Adha.REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

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Rohingya children shower a cow before it is sacrificed for Eid al-AdhaREUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

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A Rohingya refugee man returns to the camp after buying a cow ahead of Eid al-Adha to sacrifice in Kutupaloong Refugee camp in Cox's Bazar.REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

Nearly 700,000 Rohingya, a predominantly Muslim minority living in Rakhine State, western Myanmar, have fled the country since last summer after the government launched what it called a "clearance operation" that it said was in response to attacks by Rohingya armed groups.

In the violence that followed the operation at least 6,700 Rohingya, including at least 730 children under the age of five, were killed in the first month, according to Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF).

Considered by the Myanmar government as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, they have been denied citizenship in Myanmar since 1982 and described by the United Nations as “one of the most persecuted minorities in the world”.