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Bangladesh - Rohingya Refugee Crisis Joint Response Plan (March to December 2018)

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    Briefing note: Bangladesh Rohingya Refugee Crisis 2018
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    Since 25 August 2017, 688 000 Rohingya refugees escaping violence in Myanmar have sought protection in Cox’s Bazar district, Bangladesh, increasing the area’s refugee population to more than 900 300. Some 91 percent live in highly congested makeshift settlements and camps. The refugees are in urgent need of emergency food and nutrition support. The majority do not have sufficient food, cooking fuel or cooking utensils. The speed and scale of the influx has placed extensive pressure on public services in host communities and may have a long-lasting environmental impact. Firewood collection has led to serious deforestation in the areas surrounding refugee camps, resulting in a dwindling supply of cooking fuel. Refugees – mainly women and children – walk up to 8 km to collect firewood from isolated forests, making them vulnerable to gender-based violence. The crisis has cost the host community significantly, through loss of natural resources, rises in food, cooking fuel and transportation prices, and a highly competitive labour market with greatly decreased wages. Firewood selling was previously one of the few local income-generating activities. Anti-refugee sentiment and conflict are on the rise.
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    Bangladesh: Rohingya Refugee Crisis Joint Response Plan 2022 2022
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    Nearly 1 million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh live in camps in Cox’s Bazar and on the island of Bhasan Char, relying entirely on humanitarian aid. The influx of refugees adds immense pressure on host communities and the environment, in a densely populated country at risk of extreme weather events. Refugee and host communities need urgent support, and environmentally-sound solutions, to improve food production and access.
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    Bangladesh | Joint Response Plan for Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis 2019
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    Since August 2017, approximately 730 000 Rohingya refugees, including more than 400 000 children, have fled into Cox’s Bazar district, Bangladesh following violence in Myanmar. The crisis has had a large environmental impact, leading to loss of agricultural land, reduced water supply, deforestation and reduction of agricultural production. It is critical to focus on environmental rehabilitation to build resilience and support the livelihoods of refugees and vulnerable host families. Fro 2019, FAO requires USD 4.7 million to assist 110 000 people.

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