disaster response

December 6, 2017

Inside Cox’s Bazar’s settlements where childhood and laughter still exist

Almost each day these days, I wake up and make my way to the makeshift camps in Ukhiya and Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar, the site of the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis of recent times. Life in these settlements is brutal- I see the struggles of the women, men and children who have recently arrived, most exhausted and traumatised.
November 26, 2017

What do safe spaces in a humanitarian crisis look like?

Deep inside the chaotic makeshift settlements of Kutupalong, Cox’s Bazar, is a spacious, shaded, colourful place. A bamboo structure with handmade decorations hanging from the walls. Curious onlookers gather outside the thatched windows, attracted by the rhythm.
October 17, 2017
BLOG Health

Bangladesh completes world’s second largest cholera vaccination campaign

When a population the size of Luxembourg moves to an area less than 1% the size of where it came from, in a matter of weeks, with no water, sanitation or hygiene facilities, an outbreak of a life-threatening disease turns from a terrifying possibility into a very real threat.
October 11, 2017
BLOG Health, WASH

Averting a mass health crisis at Bangladesh’s most popular holiday destination

People are arriving by the thousands every day to Cox’s Bazar, but they are not wearing flowery hats and carrying beach towels.
October 7, 2017
BLOG Urban

Stopping fires in slums: A surprisingly simple solution

On a quiet Wednesday afternoon in early August, Dhaka’s Tejgaon fire station got a call from Beltola, a crowded part of Korail slum. An electric wire was sparking and nearby houses were starting to catch on fire.
October 5, 2017

With love, from Bangladesh- Sending children’s clothes to Cox’s Bazar

An estimated 507,000 people are now living on the border of Bangladesh and Myanmar, and more than half of them are children. Most of them have arrived with zero possessions, apart from the clothes they wore while making the long and dangerous journey.
October 5, 2017
BLOG General

A Bangladeshi NGO’s herculean response to a humanitarian crisis

The Government of Bangladesh has opened its doors to close to half a million people from the Rakhine state of Myanmar in the last four weeks. Now comes the difficult part — managing the crisis inside Bangladesh.
August 17, 2017

Why is Bangladesh in space?

From the congested, waterlogged streets of Dhaka to flooded farmlands across the country, Bangladesh has enough problems right here. What is the point in looking to the sky when all it brings is rain? Why on earth are we trying to get to space?
August 16, 2016

Avoiding the supposedly unavoidable

The resilience of Bangladeshis is again being tested. Over 685,000 families across 16 districts have been affected by the recent flooding. Government sources say that 60 people have died, over 1,000 schools have been affected and 15,000 people have lost their homes due to river erosion. Women have to carry drinking water from miles away, despite having water all around them.
June 30, 2016

Post-disaster recovery: Don’t forget the children

We met three boys on the docks of Pekua, midway between Chittagong and Cox’s Bazaar, as we waited for our boat to Kutubdia. We asked them, “What were you doing during the cyclone? Were you scared?”