About the Rohingya Crisis

About 800,000 Rohingya live in the world's largest and most densely populated refugee camp in southern Bangladesh. World Vision- June 12, 2020.

The Rohingya people have faced decades of discrimination and repression under successive Myanmar governments. Effectively denied citizenship under the 1982 Citizenship Law, they are one of the largest stateless populations in the world. Over 800,000 Rohingya are currently living in overcrowded camps in Bangladesh, most of whom fled Myanmar since August 2017 to escape the military’s crimes against humanity.

Beginning in 2017, renewed violence, including reported rape, murder, and arson, triggered an exodus of Rohingya, as Myanmar’s security forces claimed they were carrying out a campaign to reinstate stability in the country’s western region. Entire villages were burned to the ground, countless families were separated and killed, and women and girls were gang raped. These unimaginable atrocities triggered the largest and fastest refugee influx in Bangladesh, almost 60% were children. Most fled to Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, currently home to the world’s largest refugee camp. Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh mostly refer to Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals (FDMNs) from Myanmar who are living in Bangladesh.

This should have the caption: "A medical center in Gundhum providing services to Rohingya refugees."

According to UNICEF, by September 2019, around 1.3 million people, both refugees and local community members, were estimated to be in need of assistance. There are 466,000 refugee children in Bangladesh, with over 362,000 in need of humanitarian assistance in Myanmar.

The COVID-19 pandemic has further threatened overcrowded camps as options for social distancing are non-existent.