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Rohingya Refugee Crisis

We are working with our partners in Bangladesh to help hundreds of thousands of vulnerable Rohingya. This population is highly vulnerable due to a history of statelessness and trauma, flooding in Bangladesh in 2017 and late season flooding in 2018, as well as the overall crowded conditions of the camps.

On 25 August 2017, violence against Rohingya in Rakhine State escalated to a critical point driving an estimated 671,500 Rohingya across the border into Cox’s Bazar and other areas in Bangladesh. The speed and scale of the influx has resulted in a critical humanitarian emergency. The people who have arrived in Bangladesh since August came with very few possessions, many fleeing with only the clothes on their backs. They are now reliant on humanitarian assistance for food, and other lifesaving needs.

The Rohingya have a history of statelessness and trauma, making them highly vulnerable. Many of the men, women and children, have faced harsh conditions in making the journey to Bangladesh. The majority of them arrive with very litte—only the clothes on their backs. Flooding in Bangladesh in 2017, and late-season 2018 floods have only complicated their plight.

Compounding the issue, many have arrived at campsites before infrastructure and services could be established. Humanitarian partners are now building necessary infrastructure in challenging conditions, with extremely limited space. As camps struggle to keep pace with the number of refugees arriving, many families create make-shift shelters outside of the camps.

Our Senior Humanitarian Programmes Coordinator, Mark Mitchell,Mark Mitchell, has just left for Bangladesh to assess the needs of Caritas Bangladesh as they provide aid to individuals and families caught up in the Rohingya refugee crisis, as well as to provide support on emergency response strategies.



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