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Development and Peace – Caritas Canada is working in partnership with Caritas Bangladesh to respond to the most urgent needs of Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar District, Bangladesh, where most refugee are residing.

This region is densely populated, and the influx of refugees has placed strains on poor communities there. As such, our response also takes into account the needs of host communities affected by this crisis.

In the months following the start of the crisis in August 2017, we provided emergency food rations to 25,000 people who settled in and around refugee camps in Kutupalong and Nayapara.

Subsequently, we have focused our efforts on actions designed to maintain the dignity of Rohingya refugees, such as access to water, hygiene and sanitation, shelter construction, and the distribution of necessities.

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“We didn’t bring a thing. I just grabbed the children and ran.”

- Dilda Begum, 38, from the village of Udong in the district of Mangdu in Burma.




Over the coming year

In the coming year, Development and Peace will continue to work on improving the living conditions of Rohingya refugees in camps in Bangladesh by increasing access to water and sanitation services, safe shelters, and basic necessities.

Women and girls have been severely impacted by this crisis and we will focus on their needs by providing access to education, training, and psychosocial support. In addition, we will strengthen our work with host communities - which represent nearly 1.2 million people according to the United Nations - to re-establish their livelihoods, mitigate social tensions, restore the environment, and revive the local economy.

Lastly, we will continue to demand unhindered humanitarian access to Rakhine state in Burma so essential aid can reach the 450,000 Rohingya still there and who have limited access to basic services and live in extremely precarious conditions.

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The situation

On August 25th, 2017, clashes erupted between the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) and the Burmese Army in Rakhine State, a northern region of Burma often prone to violence. Ongoing violence and repression have forced several hundreds of thousands of people from the Muslim Rohingya minority to flee their country to take refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh.

Between August 2017 and August 2018, over 830,000 Rohingya fled Burma and took the perilous journey to Bangladesh, raising the number of refugees there to almost 1 million.

The humanitarian crisis affecting the Rohingya continues to be alarming. Access to water, hygiene, and sanitation remain a priority.  

Bangladesh, one of the poorest countries in the world, is a South Asian nation that is nearly completed bordered by India, except for a small border with Burma in the extreme South. Characterized by great inequalities within its own population, Bangladesh has also seen its economic growth slowed by many recurring natural disasters. The country is regularly struck by cyclones, and each year, more than half of its territory is submerged by waters that destroy crops in the countryside, engulf homes, and kill livestock.

It is estimated that about 330,000 Bangladeshis are living in the area around the border with Burma and are directly affected by the current crisis.


Thanks donors for their generosity in supporting the Rohingya people
December 15, 2017

Montreal, December 15, 2017 –  Development and Peace – Caritas Canada wishes to express its heartfelt gratitude to its donors for their quick and generous response to the crisis affecting the Rohingya people of Myanmar.

Pope Francis’ moment of encounter with Rohingya refugees
December 8, 2017

While traveling in Myanmar and Bangladesh from November 30 to December 2, Pope Francis met with Rohingya children, women and men. Here is an account of his visit.

Let's not forget the Rohingya refugees
November 27, 2017

Today’s visit to Bangladesh by Pope Francis reminds us of how important it is for us to stand together with Rohingya refugees, who are living in terrible conditions with little food or water, lacking sanitation facilities, and without knowing if they will ever be able...

We came empty handed to Bangladesh
November 2, 2017

The situation of the Rohingya does not seem to be improving. Two months have now gone by since a military operation in Rakhine State, located in a poor region in the far west of Burma, pushed nearly one million people into neighboring Bangladesh so they could escape the violence.

Development and Peace - Caritas Canada launches an emergency call to help Rohingya refugees
November 1, 2017

Montreal, November 1, 2017 - Development and Peace - Caritas Canada is launching an emergency appeal to help Rohingya communities who have been forced to flee Myanmar and seek refuge in Bangladesh and is...

September 29, 2017

The below-named Canadian civil society organizations and individuals, who all have a strong interest and/or long experience of working in the Asia-Pacific region, are gravely concerned regarding the latest wave...

Devp is saddened by the situation in Burma
September 20, 2017

As a result of renewed violence which erupted on August 25th, 2017 between the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army and the Myanmar army, in northern Rakhine State in Myanmar (the official name of Burma), several hundreds...

July 17, 2013

Fighting between the Burmese Army and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in the North of Burma over the last two years has led to the displacement of 75,000 people in the region. Many have taken refuge in camps, however, basic necessities and services in the camps are scarce, leaving the displaced in a highly vulnerable position.

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