Situation of the Rohingya
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 some 200’000 that have arrived in the previous decades. There are 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.
To host the Rohingya, the Bangladesh Government provided each family a tiny plot on previously forest-covered hills and created extremely congested settlements in an environment subject to extreme natural calamities including cyclones forming in the Bay of Bengal and heavy monsoon rains. Shelters get regularly damaged by heavy winds, flooding, and landslides. Since 2017, we contributes to the coordinated efforts of the humanitarian community in Bangladesh to ensure the survival of the Rohingya and to improve their living conditions, while addressing the impact of the large camps on the Bangladeshi Host Community.