A total of
people in need received our assistance in 2018.
Members of the Rohingya ethnic group are often referred to as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. An estimated 905,000 Rohingya refugees currently reside in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, over 700,000 of whom fled extreme violence in Myanmar in late 2017. Considered stateless, the Rohingya now make their homes in one of the most congested refugee camps in the world, living in bamboo shelters perched precariously on land that is prone to flooding and landslides. Access to basic services, including adequate sanitation, healthcare, livelihoods and education, is limited.
The refugees have also put an immense strain on the half a million Bangladeshis living in Cox’s Bazar. The presence of the camp has led to large scale deforestation of a former wildlife preserve and has detrimentally impacted the ability of farmers to cultivate land. Despite these challenges, these Bangladeshi communities were the first to respond when the Rohingya arrived and continue to generously host the refugees - at least 336,000 members of these communities are now also in need of support.
We carried out our first activities in northern Bangladesh in 2016 through a partnership with local NGO RDRS. We have since scaled up our presence, obtaining legal registration in November 2018, which will allow us to better respond to the Rohingya influx. Alongside our local partners, we provide assistance to refugees and local communities through education and ICLA activities. Once our country office is well established, we plan to expand our operations and are considering activities around shelter and climate displacement.
Alongside our partners, we are working with the Rohingya people and the host communities to provide children and youth with quality education through:
- Teacher trainings on psychosocial support, health and hygiene, and disaster risk management that support the well-being and safety of children.
- Life skills sessions that help youth and adolescents avoid threats and reduce their protection risks.
- Technical training and entrepreneurial start-up grants to help youth generate income for themselves and their families.
Information, counselling and legal assistance (ICLA)
Alongside our partners, we work to provide Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA) by:
- Researching the impacts of the refugee crisis on the Rohingya and the communities hosting them.
- Facilitating trainings for local and international actors on collaborative dispute resolution mechanisms.
- Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA)
- The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
About NRC in Bangladesh
Cox’s Bazar: The world’s largest refugee settlement
The mass human exodus that began last autumn from Myanmar to Bangladesh has turned Cox’s Bazar into the world’s largest refugee settlement.
Rohingya refugees left in limbo one year on
Aid funding for refugee relief is running out while conditions are still not in place for the safe return of over 700,000 people forced to flee Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh after violence broke out one year ago, warns the Norwegian Refugee Council.