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A mother and children inside the Rohingya camp run by Christian Aid

Rohingya Crisis Response

In September 2017, we launched an appeal to help people displaced by violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State and Rohingya refugees who have crossed the border into Bangladesh.

At the same time, we deployed a team to Cox’s Bazar to provide technical and operational support to our partners, while ensuring appropriate coordination and close collaboration at inter-agency forums and bilaterally with other national and international humanitarian organisations.

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Our aims

To deliver life-saving aid to the Rohingya people in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, as well as the host communities.

Christian Aid's response is based upon providing protection, site-management, food, shelter, health-care, water, sanitation and hygiene. Gender, inclusion, and accountability issues are also addressed through all our activities.  

Key information

Location

Camps 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19 and the surrounding host communities in Ukhiya Upazila, Cox’s Bazar district

Timescale:

October 2017 onwards

Programme value

Approx. £11 million (not including Christian Aid appeal)

Target population

Approx. 216,000 people

Implementing partners

Gana Unnayan Kendra
Dhaka Ahsania Mission
Dustha Shasthya Kendra

Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh
Alliance for Cooperation and Legal Aid Bangladesh

Consortium partners

World Vision International
Concern Worldwide
DanChurchAid
ICCO Cooperation
Diakonia

Funded by

ACT Alliance
Disasters Emergency Committee
UK aid
The Scottish Government
Irish Aid
UNICEF
IOM
World Renew
Fondation Hirondelle
HEKS/EPER
Act for Peace
Church of Sweden
World Food Programme

Our approach

Humanitarian principles and the protection of civilians is at the centre of our response. We ensure assistance is provided based on vulnerability and mindful of conflict sensitivity.

Based on our global policies and cluster-specific recommendations, we follow a gender, protection, accountability, inclusion and human-rights based approaches to providing humanitarian aid. We also use participatory communication with communities in all phases of programming, to ensure we are responding to their needs.

Our partners

We are responding both directly and through five local implementing partners, in line with our partnership model. Where possible we are building local partners' capacity, to enhance and strengthen their presence and quality of work.

Disaster risk reduction, including preparedness and contingency planning, takes a central role, since the area where the Rohingyas are now living is subject to annual cyclones, monsoons and flooding. Cash-based interventions are providing safe access to markets and a 'do no harm' approach is guaranteed.

The response programme works under the umbrella of the Joint Response Plan (JRP) for Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis led by the Strategic Executive Group consisting of the UN Resident Coordinator, UNHCR and IOM. It is coordinated by the Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) with the strategic objectives to:

  1. Provide timely life-saving assistance and protection, as well as improve the living conditions of Rohingya refugees and affected host communities.
  2. Ensure the well-being and dignity of Rohingya refugees and affected host communities.
  3. Support environmentally sustainable solutions.
  4. Build confidence and resilience of Rohingya refugees and affected host communities.
Rohingya women inside a camp

Rohingya women using designated kitchen within camp

Reports and resources

A review of Christian Aid's work a year after Bangladesh opened its border to over a million Rohingya refugees fleeing from Rakhine state in Myanmar.

Humanitarian policy statement: Christian Aid's response to the UN-backed donor pledging conference for the Rohingya crisis, held on 23 October 2017.

36 financial commitments were made for Rohingya crisis response at the UN in 2017, but less than half of funding requirements have been met a year on.

An update from our team on the ground with the very latest information on our response to the Rohingya Crisis.

Blogs and stories

29 May 2019

Jobs are scarce in Rohingya refugee camps, especially for people with disabilities. The limited employment opportunities available in the camps often demand heavy physical labour and are not suitable for people like Din Mohammad.

29 May 2019

Starting a business is always a challenge, especially when your shop is on a steep muddy slope in a refugee camp. Minara and her husband were forced to abandon their home and business in Myanmar and start from scratch in ‘Camp 14’ in Bangladesh.

29 May 2019

Jobs are always in short supply in refugee camps, but the challenge is often far greater if you are a woman. Saika, a 22-year old Rohingya woman from ‘Camp 14’, desperately needed to find work to support her family.