DRC present since:
Staff on location:
Displaced population (in Cox’s Bazar):
Despite having one of the world’s highest population densities, Bangladesh has been generously receiving asylum seekers for many decades, primarily people fleeing recurring waves of conflict in neighboring Myanmar’s Rakhine State. In August 2017, a fresh outbreak of hostilities there triggered the displacement of more than 600,000 Rohingya people, who fled into Bangladesh to seek refuge.
Here they joined a large pre-existing refugee population in the city of Cox’s Bazar and neighboring Bandarban district, and today an estimated 1.3 million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are in dire need of humanitarian assistance.
Further complicating the humanitarian situation, the refugee population is concentrated in a small and underdeveloped 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 refugee populations and their host communities.
DRC has been active in Bangladesh providing improved Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services since 2014, and has dramatically ramped up activities in response to the rapidly growing humanitarian needs.
DRC is particularly active in Kutupalong-Balukhali, known today as the world’s largest refugee camp and home to hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees living in makeshift bamboo and tarpaulin shelters. DRC works here to improve infrastructure, provide shelter and develop alternative livelihoods for refugees, all in desperate need in this impoverished, under-resourced region.
DRC works with the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commission of the Government of Bangladesh to provide site management services, improving the standards of shelter and living conditions for residents of the camp. In addition, DRC provides individual protection services, identifying and developing support mechanisms for vulnerable adults and children.