HEKS/EPER addresses the needs of Rohingya and the Host Community
Humanitarian Aid in Bangladesh
In Myanmar, the Rohingya are systematically oppressed and discriminated against. Triggered by violence in August 2017, 740,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar District, adding to hundreds of thousands that have arrived in the previous decades. There, they live in overpopulated camps and are mostly dependent on support, as Bangladesh neither grants them access to the labor market, nor the right of free movement within the country. The Rohingya will only return to Myanmar voluntarily if their safety and the legal situation have been improved significantly. In the joint response of the Government and various humanitarian actors, HEKS/EPER projects focus mostly on WASH and livelihood needs. The presence of the Rohingya also negatively impacts the living conditions of the already comparatively poor Bangladeshi population living near the camps. Therefore, HEKS/EPER also implements projects for the host community.