Two years walking with the RohingyaLast Update：2019/08/23
In late August 2017, conflict broke out in Rakhine State, Myanmar. Within a matter of weeks, hundreds of thousands, mostly Rohingyas, flocked into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh in search of refuge. As of now, over 900,000 people, more than half of whom are children, are still living there. For many, life is still far from back to normal. Poor facilities and hygiene in the camps continue to expose lives to illnesses, malnutrition and natural disasters. At the same time, refugees also have to overcome their traumatic experiences and face threats such as poverty, human trafficking and loss of education. Many want to return home, but are reluctant to do so because of concerns for their personal safety.
In the past two years, World Vision has been providing life-saving assistances for the displaced children and families after they were forced to flee home. They are likely to remain in the camps for some time, but we will continue to serve and journey with them toward a dignified, safe and self-reliant tomorrow, advocating for the rights and protection that they deserve.
World Vision's Response
Since we began our response in September 2017, we have served over 371,600 refugees through the following response:
- Provide food packages and food vouchers for refugees and host communities
- Provide malnutrition screening and treatment for children under the age of five
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
- Construct latrines and install handwashing facilities and bathing spaces
- Distribute hygiene kits, jerry cans and water chlorination tablet packages
- Construct or rehabilitate wells to increase water supply
- Distribute non-food items, such as tents, kitchen kits, baby kits, tarpaulins and blankets
- Initiate cash-for-work activities to improve the infrastructure of refugee camps and restore the dignity of refugees
- Provide life skills training for adolescents to equip them for the future
- Establish Child Friendly Spaces and child protection committees to provide support and protection for children
- Provide psychosocial support for families and training on preventing gender-based violence
Child Friendly Spaces protect children from violence and exploitation. They will gradually be expanded into multi-purpose centres to provide informal education to sustain children’s learning need.
Refugee families receive e-vouchers to buy nutritious food of their own choice.
World Vision constructs wells in refugee camps to provide clean water.
In a Child Friendly Space, children can enjoy a rare moment of happiness by taking part in activities such as drawing.
In order to protect women, World Vision set up women-and-girls only bathing spaces.