Bangladesh

Sina Hasan/ DRC

Country Facts

DRC present since

2014

DRC staff

210

People in need

1,460,000

Displacement Situation

Today, the world’s largest camp complex for displaced persons is located in BangladeshDespite being one of the most dense populations globally, Bangladesh has generously received asylum seekers for decades, primarily people fleeing recurring waves of conflict in neighbouring Myanmar’s Rakhine State. In August 2017, an outbreak of hostilities in Rakhine triggered a large-scale displacement of more than 600,000 Rohingya people, who fled across the border into Bangladesh to seek refuge. 

Here they joined a large pre-existing refugee population in Cox’s Bazar and neighbouring Bandarban districtsThis is where an estimated 919,000 Rohingya refugees and 514,000 host community members in Cox’s Bazar now reside and face dire needs of humanitarian assistance.  

The pre-2017 Rohingyas residing in Bangladesh are registered as refugees and allowed to stay on, while those who arrived after August 2017 were given the status as Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals (FDMN) who are to be repatriated.  

Further complicating the humanitarian situation, the Rohingya population is concentrated in a small and underdeveloped coastal area of southeastern Bangladesh, which is prone to natural disasters like floods and cyclones. With resources and capacities already chronically stretched in the country, DRC’s presence and support in Bangladesh is critical to meeting the needs of affected populations and their host communities. 

DRC Response 

DRC has been operating in Bangladesh since 2014, and in 2017 we started providing emergency assistance to the Rohingya population arriving from neighbouring Myanmar. As of 2022, DRC works in 10 Rohingya camps and one host community sub-district Ukhiya in Cox’s Bazar with activities covering four DRC sectors: 

  • Protection 
  • Economic Recovery 
  • Shelter & Settlements
  • Camp Coordination & Camp Management 

Kutupalong-Balukhali, located at the border to Myanmar, is the largest of the camps in the complex and home to the vast majority of the Rohingya living in makeshift bamboo and tarpaulin shelters. DRC works on the ground to provide access to protection services, shelter materials, develop alternative livelihoods and improve infrastructure.

With the challenges during lock-downs due to Covid-19, DRC has been able to continue providing emergency assistance and support in collaboration with groups of volunteers from among both the Rohingya and host communities to strengthen their resilience to cope with crises. 

In addition to providing individual protection services for vulnerable adults and childrenDRC also works with the Office of the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner of the Government of Bangladesh to provide site management services, improving the standards of shelter and living conditions for residents of the camps.

Funding

DRC is grateful to all donors for generous support and continued commitment to the work carried out in Bangladesh: 
Danida · ECHO · Global Affairs Canada · IOM · UNHCR

Contact

Gerry Garvey

Executive Director for Asia & Europe

[email protected]
Picture Mikkel

Mikkel Trolle

Regional Director (Asia)

+45 33735019 [email protected]
Sumitra

Sumitra Mukherjee

Country Director (Bangladesh)

[email protected]

Downloads

Monsoon Response Update #2

Monsoon Response Update #2

August 2021

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Monsoon Response Update #1

August 2021

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Rohingya Dreams - a Poetry Anthology by Rohingya Refugee Poets

Rohingya Dreams - a Poetry Anthology by Rohingya Refugee Poets

October 2020

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Joint Humanitarian INGO Statement Sustaining Support for the Rohingya Refugee Response

Joint Humanitarian INGO Statement Sustaining Support for the Rohingya Refugee Response

October 2020

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INGO Joint Statement May 18

INGO Joint Statement May 18

May 2021

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The Lonely Tree

June 2021

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Impact Story - Dam Construction in Cox's Bazar

August 2021

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In Cox’s Bazar (an area in Bangladesh hosting the world's largest refugee camp complex), both host and Rohingya community experience perennial water problems which has limited productive use of land and ability to meet basic needs. Having known about community water problems through discussions with the host community, DRC through funding from DANIDA implemented a livelihoods project in collaboration with the community to ease the water problems.

MMC Asia Rohingya resources 2021

MMC Asia Rohingya resources 2021

November 2021

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BGD Factsheet Cover Photo 2022

Factsheet - DRC Bangladesh Achievements 2021

February 2022

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Investing In Resilience Cover

Photo Book: Investing In Resilience

April 2022

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Investing In Resilience (Stories from DRC Bangladesh Economic Recovery sector)

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Transgender woman unravels the struggle of being herself

April 2022

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From the world’s largest refugee camp in Bangladesh: Meet Riya Moni from Cox’s Bazar

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Toyoba’s garden – planting trees in Cox’s Bazar

April 2022

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From the world’s largest refugee camp in Bangladesh: Meet Toyoba Begum from Cox’s Bazar

Mask Maker

A Bangladeshi advocate for Covid-19 protection in Cox’s Bazar

April 2022

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From the world’s largest refugee camp in Bangladesh: Meet Rojina Begum from Cox’s Bazar

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DRC Bangladesh at a glance (April 2022)

April 2022

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Snapshots

Bringing back the water (Video)

The water is gone, we are farmers living from our land, and we can no longer feed our families! This was the situation in Ukhiya host community, an area in Bangladesh where the world’s largest refugee camp is located. With the help of DRC, local government and funds from Danida, two dams were built and have helped more than 500 families rebuilding their livelihoods.

Bringing back the water (Video)

The water is gone, we are farmers living from our land, and we can no longer feed our families! This was the situation in Ukhiya host community, an area in Bangladesh where the world’s largest refugee camp is located. With the help of DRC, local government and funds from Danida, two dams were built and have helped more than 500 families rebuilding their livelihoods.

DRC Bangladesh Covid-19 Awareness - 'Hygienic Use of Cloth Mask' Rohingya w English subtitles

This is an instructional animated video about 'Hygienic use of cloth mask', for both Rohingya and Bangladeshi host community living in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. In this video, the proper ways of using mask are narrated with detailed supporting visuals using communicative local dialect for both communities to understand easily.

DRC Bangladesh Covid-19 Awareness - 'Hygienic Use of Cloth Mask' Rohingya w English subtitles

This is an instructional animated video about 'Hygienic use of cloth mask', for both Rohingya and Bangladeshi host community living in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. In this video, the proper ways of using mask are narrated with detailed supporting visuals using communicative local dialect for both communities to understand easily.

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