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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.




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.

The challenges ahead

Today, Rohingya refugees are facing the triple threat of the monsoon season, a funding deficit for aid, and uncertainty about their future. Your generosity will have an immediate impact and it will enable us to consolidate our actions by:

  • Increasing access to water and sanitation services, safe shelters and other necessities.
  • Addressing the special needs of women and girls by promoting access to education, training, and psychosocial support.
  • Stepping up our action with host communities that are bearing the brunt of this crisis.

Finally, we will continue to call for unimpeded humanitarian access to Rakhine state in Burma so essential aid can reach the 450,000 Rohingya who are there 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.


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One year after the massive exodus of Rohingya refugees, see how your generosity has had a positive impact on thousands of children, women, and men, who today can live in dignity.

Without solidarity nothing is possible. Your generosity saves lives.


The importance of basic necessities in everyday life

To support refugees in their daily lives, Development and Peace - Caritas Canada and its partner Caritas Bangladesh are distributing basic necessities, including cooking utensils, stoves with gas cylinders for fuel, solar lamps, mosquito nets, and umbrellas.


Relocation of refugee families and construction of reinforced shelters at the height of the monsoon

In Kutupalong camp, heavy rains cause flooding and landslides, while strong winds damage or destroy the most fragile shelters, leaving thousands of families vulnerable and defenceless. Development and Peace - Caritas Canada and its partner Caritas Bangladesh are building temporary shelters for the most vulnerable refugee families.



Réfugiés rohingyas : Un an après, la crise perdure / Rohingya Refugees : One year later the crisis continues

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