Rohingya Crisis & The Humanitarian Response

For the over 800,000 Rohingya in Bangladesh, 2021 marks the fourth year living as refugees. 

The Rohingya people are a stateless Muslim minority from Myanmar. After being targeted by violence in 2017, the Rohingya were forced to flee their homes.  

They walked for days through jungles and mountains or braved dangerous sea voyages across the Bay of Bengal. In just two months, more than half a million people crossed the border to Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, seeking refuge.  

727,219 Rohingya people have arrived in Cox’s Bazar since 2017.  

The vast majority of Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar are women and children. 

More than 40% are under age 12. 

Many Rohingya refugees face starvation, homelessness, and injury. 

1.3 million People need humanitarian assistance.  

IOM’s Response

“Under the leadership of the Government of Bangladesh, we will continue to work closely with our partners and uphold our commitment to safeguard the well-being and dignity of both Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and their host communities.”– António Vitorino, IOM Director General. 

IOM Bangladesh works to provide Rohingya refugees with emergency shelters, expand psychosocial support services to those affected by crisis, and promote access to sustainable livelihoods. 

In response to COVID-19, IOM swiftly shifted priorities to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and extend health services to Rohingya people residing in the 34 congested refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar.  

Funding Needs 

Your support helps IOM address the following community needs: 

● Water Sanitation and Hygiene 

● Improved Health Access 

● Mental Health and Psychosocial Support 

● Safe Shelters 

● General Protection and Counter-Trafficking 

● Prevention of Gender-Based Violence 

● Disaster Risk Management 

● Livelihoods and Social Cohesion 

● Safe Access to Fuel and Energy 

● Child Protection 

The Rohingya Cultural Memory Center

USA for IOM supports the Rohingya Cultural Memory Center (RCMC)a community space, digital archive, and international touring  exhibition that documents the heritage of the Rohingya people.

The collection combines objects of tangible and intangible heritage, ranging from traditional architectural models to embroidery, pottery, basketry, woodwork, visual arts, music, storytelling, poetry, and much more.  

The RCMC provides the displaced Rohingya community with the tools and platform to tell their own story and promotes refugees mental and emotional wellbeing through art therapy.