Response

September 20, 2018

Managing rumours in the Rohingya camps

Some said the children would die if they were given diphtheria vaccination. Some said they would become Christians if they took the shot. Others said women are not allowed to go out with their children for vaccinations, while some feared they would be reborn as a non-Muslim if they died after being vaccinated.
August 27, 2018

Finding friendship in the face of a crisis

Nearly a million Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh to escape violence in Myanmar. More than half of them are women and children- most of whom suffered unimaginable trauma. They have witnessed parents, siblings and neighbours being tortured and killed. Many have suffered sexual abuse.
August 13, 2018

Where light is a luxury

Any setting of conflict is rife with constant threats to basic security. Light is more than just a necessity for living. It restores a sense of security and confidence.
July 22, 2018

Nutrition Action Week: Bringing the community on board

Preventative measures are alarmingly necessary. Malnutrition has been flagged at acute emergency levels. Any outbreak of disease in the settlements would quickly claim the lives of thousands of malnourished children. 
June 20, 2018

A change taking place in Kiryandongo

In Uganda, there are no refugee camps. The Government of Uganda calls them settlements as refugees live with the host community. Refugee families get a piece of land to build their houses, farms, rear cattle and are able to access basic services. They are entitled to social services because of the Refugee Act and Policy of Uganda, the most progressive legal framework in the world, to create a robust protection environment for the refugees.
June 16, 2018

Eid wishes from our little learners in Cox’s Bazar

To close the month of Ramadan we got paints out in two of our child friendly spaces in Cox's Bazar. One space was in Ukhia (one of the host communities) and the other space was in Kutupalong Extension Settlement. This is what happiness looks like at Eid for them.
June 14, 2018

Leaving no one behind: Disability-inclusive disaster risk management

In the last decade, disasters have cost the global economy USD 520 billion and pushed 26 million people into poverty. Certain groups, such as people with disabilities, have historically been disproportionately affected by natural hazards.
June 12, 2018

Weapons of mass pathogen destruction: Health workers combat TB and malaria

In 2016, TB claimed the lives of 1.3 million people across the world. Four million cases of TB have been undocumented or not reported. One of the bizarre features of TB is that it remains inactive, producing no symptoms, for long periods of time.
June 6, 2018

9 ways we are keeping people in Cox’s Bazar safe in monsoon

Monsoon has hit the biggest makeshift city in the world.
May 27, 2018

Managing sites in the world’s biggest makeshift city

Humanitarian workers arriving from prior deployments such as Iraq, Lebanon, Damascus or Sudan share that they have never witnessed a crisis of such scale. When looking beyond the horizon of unending tarpaulin rooftops held up by bamboo sticks, across a hilly terrain; it seems like a miracle that a staggering 866,000 people have been living in 5,800 acres of makeshift settlements since August 2017.
May 13, 2018

Crossing the border through a 10-year-old’s eyes

10-year-old Harisa describes how she and her family escaped from their home in Myanmar and crossed the border into Bangladesh. She is one of almost a million Rohingyas living in the makeshift settlements in Cox's Bazar- all of whom experienced similar trauma. 
April 11, 2018

How do you confront taboos in a humanitarian crisis?

Contrary to popular belief, Noor had a clear understanding of what family planning is, and her husband was supportive of it - she had delivered her daughter with the help of a midwife at that very same health facility. She was encouraged to have her child here by a Rohingya traditional birth attendant– a volunteer in BRAC’s health team.