Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh
Since the Rohingya refugee crisis began, around one million people have sought shelter in sprawling, makeshift camps in Bangladesh — people like Asia Bibi*.
“We came here because we needed to save our lives,” she says.
For people like Asia Bibi and her children, the future is uncertain.
“When we first arrived in Bangladesh, we didn’t have any food or money,” she recalls. “I had to ask for help from other refugees in order to feed my kids. We suffered a lot at that time.”
“When we first arrived in Bangladesh, we didn’t have any food or money”
Background to the Rohingya refugee crisis
Since August 2017, more than 727,000 Rohingya people have fled violence in Myanmar to seek refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh. They’ve joined more than 400,000 other Rohingya refugees there, who fled previous bouts of violence since the 90s.
People are living in makeshift tents in hugely overcrowded settlements with overflowing latrines and contaminated water. They’re largely unlit and dangerous at night – women, girls and children are particularly vulnerable.
They need food, clean water and shelter to survive, but above all they need to feel safe.
Oxfam is on the ground in Bangladesh
Thanks to you, our teams are working hard to improve living conditions for the many families forced to call the camps “home”.
Asia Bibi says, “I got solar panels from Oxfam, so we have electricity for lights at night. Oxfam also gave me some clothes and underwear — because I left Myanmar with only the clothes I was wearing — as well as things like toothpaste and soap.”
“The toothpaste has made a big difference. The children are very enthusiastic — they clean their teeth four times a day. They have been scrubbing so much I have to tell them to stop, otherwise they can’t eat the rice because their gums hurt.”
She adds, “We also use the latrine and water pump that Oxfam built nearby.”
* Name changed to protect identity
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