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AP PHOTOS: Rohingya cry for ‘motherland’ at refugee camp

KUTUPALONG REFUGEE CAMP, Bangladesh (AP) – The young Rohingya Muslim boy recites verses from the Quran in a small, crowded tent that serves as a madrasa in the Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh. Then Sheikh Ahmad lifts his hands in prayer and the tears begin to flow.

He prays for those killed in the violence that his family escaped, among the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh over the past month.

Back in his family’s tiny shanty, he plays with his sisters.

A young Rohingya Muslim boy, Sheikh Ahmad, center, recites verses from the Quran in a crowded little tent that serves as a madrasa or religious school in the Kutupalong refugee camp, Bangladesh, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. As he lifted his hands in prayer, tears began to roll down his face and he prayed for those killed in the violence that his family escaped. Later, in his family’s little shack, the Associated Press photographer asked him “why did you cry?” tears seeped through again and he said, “I’m crying for my motherland.” (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

An Associated Press photographer asks him why he wept, and the tears seep through again.

“I’m crying for my motherland,” he says.

A young Rohingya Muslim boy, Sheikh Ahmad, center, recites verses from the Quran in a crowded little tent that serves as a madrasa or religious school in the Kutupalong refugee camp, Bangladesh, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. As he lifted his hands in prayer, tears began to roll down his face and he prayed for those killed in the violence that his family escaped. Later, in his family's little shack, the Associated Press photographer asked him "why did you cry?" tears seeped through again and he said, "I'm crying for my motherland." (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

A young Rohingya Muslim boy, Sheikh Ahmad, center, recites verses from the Quran in a crowded little tent that serves as a madrasa or religious school in the Kutupalong refugee camp, Bangladesh, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. As he lifted his hands in prayer, tears began to roll down his face and he prayed for those killed in the violence that his family escaped. Later, in his family’s little shack, the Associated Press photographer asked him “why did you cry?” tears seeped through again and he said, “I’m crying for my motherland.” (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

Tears roll down the cheek of a Rohingya Muslim boy, Sheikh Ahmad, at the family shelter as Sabooda Khatton his mother holds her son Noor Mustafa, at Kutupalong refugee camp, Bangladesh, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. As he lifted his hands in prayer, tears began to roll down his face and he prayed for those killed in the violence that his family escaped. Later, in his family's little shack, the Associated Press photographer asked him "why did you cry?" tears seeped through again and he said, "I'm crying for my motherland." (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

Tears roll down the cheek of a Rohingya Muslim boy, Sheikh Ahmad, at the family shelter as Sabooda Khatton his mother holds her son Noor Mustafa, at Kutupalong refugee camp, Bangladesh, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. As he lifted his hands in prayer, tears began to roll down his face and he prayed for those killed in the violence that his family escaped. Later, in his family’s little shack, the Associated Press photographer asked him “why did you cry?” tears seeped through again and he said, “I’m crying for my motherland.” (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

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