Massive fires swept through the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh on Monday 22 March 2021. Action Against Hunger is deeply concerned about the impact of the fires on top of daily challenges faced by Rohingya refugees.
After nearly four years living in overcrowded camps, hundreds of thousands of refugees face a more precarious and uncertain situation than ever before.
“This emergency is another reminder of the ongoing vulnerability and suffering that the Rohingya community has had to endure,” says Rebecca Zorn, Deputy Country Director for Action Against Hunger in Bangladesh.
“Without a dignified, safe solution to the crisis, continued support from the international community is critical to meet the basic needs of the Rohingya.”
In January, another severe fire burned down more than 500 shelters, leaving 3,479 people homeless. Action Against Hunger teams are on the ground now to meet the urgent needs of thousands of displaced families.
Our top priority is to provide hot meals and life-saving water, sanitation, and hygiene services. We’re providing 6,000 hot meals through community kitchens every day and distributing tens of thousands of hygiene kits and other supplies.
We’re also concerned about the continued trauma faced by the Rohingya refugees. Our Mental Health, Gender and Protection team is providing psychological first aid to the affected families.