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Education, income-generation for Rohingya refugees must be top priorities, say Oxfam, Save the Children & World Vision
Education and income-generating opportunities must be made top priorities for the nearly 1 million Rohingya still languishing in the world’s largest refugee camp almost 18 months after fleeing violence and persecution in Myanmar, said three leading NGOs at the launch of a new UN funding plan for the crisis launched in Geneva today.
Biggest-ever waste treatment plant in a refugee camp is ‘step forward’ for safer human waste disposal in emergencies
Oxfam has opened the largest human waste treatment plant ever built in a refugee camp, in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. The industrial-scale plant, funded by the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, can process the waste of 150,000 people - a population bigger than Tauranga.
Oxfam is working with supporters, local organisations and refugees to tailor its humanitarian response to more effectively support women and girls.
Iffat Tahmid Fatema, 28, is a humanitarian public health worker for Oxfam’s Rohingya refugee response in Bangladesh. "I started working for Oxfam last year at the height of the emergency when Rohingya refugees were arriving in huge numbers every day. At that time, I was toiling in a lab at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong pursuing my Master's degree in Bio Technology, but I knew I wanted to work with real people, face-to-face."
While 5000 Kiwis take part in Oxfam’s Ration Challenge in support of refugees this World Refugee Week, Rohingya refugees are facing life-threatening rains and disease as monsoon rains continue to lash the camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
The impending monsoon rains are bearing down on the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh and there's no getting around it - it’s going to be a really tough time.
I've just finished three weeks working for Oxfam's Rohingya crisis response team in Cox’s Bazar and can remember one moment, standing in the pouring rain in the Rohingya refugee ‘mega-camp’. Everywhere I looked, ramshackle shelters made of bamboo and tarpaulins stretched into the distance.
Over 680,000 Rohingya people have fled violence in Myanmar to seek refuge across the border in Bangladesh. Almost a quarter are pregnant women, new mothers, and children under five. Around 36,000 are unaccompanied children.
Blog written by AJM Zobaidur Rahman, Campaigns and Communications Officer, Oxfam in Bangladesh.
Photo: Maruf Hasan/Oxfam
Rajiah, 46, fled violence near her home in Myanmar six months ago with her 15-year-old daughter. She is now living in a refugee camp in Bangladesh.
Two months into the crisis, more than 603,000 Rohingya refugees have crossed over into southern Bangladesh, while thousands are still trapped in the border. According to the UN, the pace of new arrivals made this crisis the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world, and the concentration of refugees in Cox’s Bazar is now amongst the densest in the world.
More than 300,000 Rohingya women and girls who have fled rape and violence are not getting the protection and help they need because of lack of funds, Oxfam said ahead of a donor conference in Geneva today.
There are now more than 120,000 pregnant women and mothers with new babies who are among those struggling to survive in cramped camps and settlements in Bangladesh that are ill-equipped to deal with their needs.