Bangladesh

Sina Hasan/ DRC

Country Facts

DRC present since

2017

DRC staff

230

People in need (Source: 2021 Joint Response Plan for Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis)

1,360,000

LATEST: Ongoing emergency aid in response to humanitarian needs following the 22 March fire and Summer 2021 Monsoon in Rohingya refugee camps.

Displacement Situation

Today, the world’s largest refugee camp complex is located in BangladeshDespite being one of the most dense populations globally, Bangladesh has generously received asylum seekers for decades, primarily people fleeing recurring waves of conflict in neighbouring Myanmar’s Rakhine State. In August 2017, an outbreak of hostilities in Rakhine triggered a large-scale displacement of more than 600,000 Rohingya people, who fled across the border into Bangladesh to seek refuge. 

Here they joined a large pre-existing refugee population in Cox’s Bazar and neighbouring Bandarban districtsThis is where an estimated 884,000 Rohingya refugees and 472,000 host community members in Cox’s Bazar now reside and face dire needs of humanitarian assistance.  

The pre-2017 Rohingyas residing in Bangladesh are registered as refugees and allowed to stay on, while those who arrived after August 2017 were given the status as Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals (FDMN) who are to be repatriated.  

Further complicating the humanitarian situation, the refugee population is concentrated in a small and underdeveloped coastal area of southeastern Bangladesh, which is prone to natural disasters like floods and cyclones. With resources and capacities already chronically stretched in the country, DRC’s presence and support in Bangladesh is critical to meeting the needs of refugee populations and their host communities. 

DRC Response 

DRC has been operating in Bangladesh since 2017, when the first team started providing emergency assistance to the Rohingya population arriving from neighbouring Myanmar. As of 2021, DRC works in 10 Rohingya refugee camps and one host community sub-district, Ukhiya in Cox’s Bazar with activities covering four DRC sectors: 

  • Protection 
  • Economic Recovery 
  • Shelter & Settlements
  • Camp Coordination & Camp Management 

Kutupalong-Balukhali, located at the border to Myanmar, is the largest of the camps in the complex and home to the vast majority of the Rohingya living in makeshift bamboo and tarpaulin shelters. DRC works on the ground to provide access to protection services, shelter materials, develop alternative livelihoods and improve infrastructure.

With the emerging challenges during recent lock-downs due to Covid-19, DRC has been able to continue providing emergency assistance and support in collaboration with groups of volunteers from among both the Rohingya and host communities to strengthen their resilience to cope with crises. 

In addition to providing individual protection services for vulnerable adults and childrenDRC also works with the Office of the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner of the Government of Bangladesh to provide site management services, improving the standards of shelter and living conditions for residents of the camps.

Funding

DRC is grateful to all donors for generous support and continued commitment to the work carried out in Bangladesh: 
Danida · ECHO · Global Affairs Canada · IOM · UNHCR

Contact

Sumitra

Sumitra Mukherjee

Country Director (Bangladesh)

[email protected]
Picture Mikkel

Mikkel Trolle

Regional Director (Asia)

+45 33735019 [email protected]

Downloads

Snapshots

Bringing back the water (Video)

The water is gone, we are farmers living from our land, and we can no longer feed our families! This was the situation in Ukhiya host community, an area in Bangladesh where the world’s largest refugee camp is located. With the help of DRC, local government and funds from Danida, two dams were built and have helped more than 500 families rebuilding their livelihoods.

Bringing back the water (Video)

The water is gone, we are farmers living from our land, and we can no longer feed our families! This was the situation in Ukhiya host community, an area in Bangladesh where the world’s largest refugee camp is located. With the help of DRC, local government and funds from Danida, two dams were built and have helped more than 500 families rebuilding their livelihoods.

DRC Bangladesh Covid-19 Awareness - 'Hygienic Use of Cloth Mask' Rohingya w English subtitles

This is an instructional animated video about 'Hygienic use of cloth mask', for both Rohingya and Bangladeshi host community living in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. In this video, the proper ways of using mask are narrated with detailed supporting visuals using communicative local dialect for both communities to understand easily.

DRC Bangladesh Covid-19 Awareness - 'Hygienic Use of Cloth Mask' Rohingya w English subtitles

This is an instructional animated video about 'Hygienic use of cloth mask', for both Rohingya and Bangladeshi host community living in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. In this video, the proper ways of using mask are narrated with detailed supporting visuals using communicative local dialect for both communities to understand easily.