Almost half of Bangladesh lives on less than one dollar per day.

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Straddling in the fertile Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna (GBM) basin, Bangladesh is one of the world’s most densely populated countries, with around 160 million people living in a land area of about 147,570 square kilometers. The landmass – largely a deltaic formation – coupled with climate change, makes it subject to catastrophic natural disasters. In particular, Bangladesh’s 600km coastline is one of the most disaster-prone regions in the world. On top of this, close to a million Rohingya people have fled violence in Myanmar to seek refuge across the border in Bangladesh. This unprecedented number of refugees, of whom more than half are children, has caused a large-scale humanitarian crisis. Oxfam is responding, but we need your help.

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More than 700,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived from Myanmar’s Rakhine State in Bangladesh’s south-eastern districts since August 2017, and hundreds more are arriving every week. They join hundreds of thousands who are already living in refugee camps and with local communities. More than half of them are women and girls, 60 percent are children under 18. Many have arrived injured and deeply traumatized by their experiences, with just the clothes on their backs. They need food, clean water and shelter to survive, but above all they need to feel safe. People are living in makeshift tents in hugely overcrowded settlements. Conditions in the camps are woefully inadequate and unhealthy, with overflowing latrines and contaminated water. They’re largely unlit and dangerous at night. Women, girls and children are particularly vulnerable to abuse, exploitation and trafficking. We are currently focusing on providing water and sanitation and adapting to better deal with the crowded conditions and sheer numbers of people. So far, we have reached at least 266,000 people. You can help us scale up our response to 300,000.

By supporting Oxfam you will:

  • Help to provide water and sanitation and adapting to better deal with the crowded conditions.
  • Install sewage facilities that will eventually service over 100,000 people.
  • Drill wells and install water points, toilets and showers.
  • Help local communities cope with water shortages through deliveries of chlorinated water.
  • Help people stay healthy and hygienic with soap and other essentials.
  • Support and train community-based volunteers to emphasize the importance of clean water and good hygiene.

The latest news:

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Oxfam warns of flood risk to Rohingya refugees as further monsoon rain forecast

Oxfam is warning that thousands of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are in danger after almost a month’s worth of rain fell in just a week. Cox’s Bazar is home to the world’s largest refugee camp where more than 900,000 refugees live in fragile homes built from bamboo and tarpaulin. Elizabeth Hallinan, Oxfam’s advocacy manager in Cox’s Bazar, said: “Days of heavy rain and landslides have left homes teetering precariously on the brink of steep ravines. Roads have turned into rivers and streams run down the steep hillsides between people’s houses. “Oxfam is rushing to reinforce and repair vital infrastructures like toilets and handpumps … Read More
Oxfam tailors its humanitarian response to support Rohingya refugee women

Oxfam tailors its humanitarian response to support Rohingya refugee women

Oxfam is working with supporters, local organisations and refugees to tailor its humanitarian response to more effectively support women and girls. This includes installing solar-powered lights along pathways, distributing portable solar lamps, running women’s groups to discuss issues like safety and early marriage, community work to tackle violence against women, and working with refugees to design new toilet facilities with features like lockable doors, shelves to keep clothes out of the mud, and screens to afford privacy. Rohingya women living in Bangladesh are developing health problems, missing out on aid and are at greater risk of abuse due to unsafe and unsuitable … Read More
Five things I've learned being a humanitarian aid worker

Five things I’ve learned being a humanitarian aid worker

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. What’s happened to the Rohingya people really upset me. I had never seen people living with so little. It really hurt me. Now I teach … Read More
Race against time for Rohingya refugees as monsoon rains, flooding and landslides continue

Race against time for Rohingya refugees as monsoon rains, flooding and landslides continue

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. There have been over 130 landslides, 3,300 damaged shelters and 28,000 Rohingya refugees affected as monsoon rains continue to fall, Oxfam said today. A survey of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh carried out by Oxfam before the start of the monsoon season found that more than half were almost completely unprepared for the floods, landslides and disease that accompany the monsoon weather, with women … Read More
Rohingya refugees: Finding hope amongst the hopelessness

Rohingya refugees: Finding hope amongst the hopelessness

Life in the Rohingya Refugee Camps. 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. People old and young were trying to find shelter from the downpour, and large puddles were quickly forming across the narrow … Read More
Women helping women survive and thrive in Bangladesh refugee camps

Women helping women survive and thrive in Bangladesh refugee camps

Blog written by AJM Zobaidur Rahman, Campaigns and Communications Officer, Oxfam in Bangladesh. Photo: Maruf Hasan/Oxfam Women helping women survive and thrive. 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. Rajiah is one of close to a million Rohingya people who have fled violence in Myanmar to seek refuge across the border in Bangladesh. This unprecedented number of refugees, of whom more than half are children, has caused a large-scale humanitarian crisis. Rajiah has been surrounded by women throughout her life as … Read More