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.
“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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