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An Exodus and 365 Days Later - one year of Rohingya response

Over a year after Bangladesh opened its border to host more than a million of the Rohingya population fleeing from Rakhine state in Myanmar, in the face of atrocities being carried out by the Myanmar army. This coffee table book captures some of the key achievements of Christian Aid Bangladesh in addressing the crisis.

It has been over a year since Bangladesh opened its border to host more than a million of the Rohingya population fleeing from Rakhine state in Myanmar, in the face of atrocities being carried out by the Myanmar army. 

As the influx began, Christian Aid as one of the largest humanitarian organisations, started responding to the fastest growing humanitarian crisis Bangladesh and the world has ever witnessed. 

This coffee table book captures some of the key achievements of Christian Aid Bangladesh in addressing the crisis. Our initial work focused on ensuring that the survival needs of the community-- including food, shelter, water and sanitation were met. We gradually started to recognize the larger challenges people were tacing so we shifted our focus to protection, inclusion, accountability and psycho-social support needs. 

One of the key highlights of our work has been around Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) work in Jamtoli, which has a population of around 52,000 with more than 60 local and international NGOs supporting the community. It is our responsibility as the CCCM to ensure that the right kind of humanitarian assistance is provided whilst keeping the humanitarian imperatives at the core of our work.

One of the key highlights has been Christian Aid's work around inclusive governance which has brought women into leadership positions in the camp. We have strengthened systems and processes around protection and accountability to ensure that the camp is safe, and the Rohingya people can lead a dignified Iife. 

On behalf of Christian Aid, I would like to thank the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for having confidence and trust in the expertise and abilities of CCCM. We are very thankful to the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commission under the leadership of the Commissioner, and supported by the Campin Charge, for facilitating the wider coordination among various actors, to ensure that the needs and aspirations of the Rohingya are central to the decision-making process. 

Shakeb Nabi Bangladesh Country Manager

The stories in this book will bring to light the struggles and hardships of the stateless Rohingya population, as well as the concerted effort of the development community to provide them with essential services. 

Along the way we have received support from donors, development partners, the international community and the supporters of Christian Aid. Thank you for your constant support. 

Shakeb Nabi

Country Director Christian Aid Bangladesh