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Rohingya Refugee Crisis

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Approximately 720,000

Refugees have fled Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh in order to escape brutal persecution.

Monsoons increase risk

200,000 refugees living on hillsides prone to landslides and flooding are in urgent need of relocation.

The largest in the world

The Kutupalong refugee settlement is the largest in the world, and home to some 600,000 Rohingya refugees. 

Background

The Rohingya are a stateless, mostly Muslim minority who have traditionally lived in Myanmar. Hundreds of thousands were forced to flee their homes in August 2017 when violence broke out in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, including the burning of entire Rohingya villages. The United Nations has described the Rohingya “as the most persecuted minority in the world.” Eighty percent of Rohingya refugees reaching Bangladesh are women and children, including newborns.

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Rohingya Refugee Camps and Settlements

Newly arrived Rohingya refugees line up for a hot meal in Kutupalong refugee camp, Cox's Bazar Bangladesh.

  • Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh live in various locations, including informal settlements and refugee camps in Kutupalong and Nayapara.
  • More than 1,500 refugee families have been relocated from high-risk landslide areas to safer sections of camps. 
  • With partner support, UNHCR has constructed 267 learning centers with the capacity to accommodate more than 30,000 primary and secondary school students. 
  • Thousands of latrines have been built to protect against public health issues such as diarrhea and a series of shallow and deep tube wells have been constructed to ensure access to clean water.