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In 2017, the Myanmar government initiated a bloody campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya involving mass killings and systematic rape, forcing some 750,000 across the border into Bangladesh, already home to 300,000-500,000 refugees.
Five years into the Rohingya crisis, 96 percent of the refugees in the Cox’s Bazar area of Bangladesh depend entirely on humanitarian assistance. That’s close to 900,000 people, 600,000 of whom live in Kutupalong, the largest refugee camp in the world, having fled violence in Myanmar. Rohingya communities have suffered unprecedented floods and devastating fires. The COVID-19 pandemic has made life even harder for Rohingya refugees living in camps.
Besides the health risks posed by the virus, lockdowns to reduce its spread have hit the livelihoods of locals, and the ability of refugees to supplement the assistance they receive from aid organizations. The result has been increasing levels of food insecurity. An assessment by the World Food Programme found that by the end of 2020, 86 per cent or Rohingya refugees were highly vulnerable to poverty and hunger, up from 70 per cent in 2019.
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Described by the UN as the most persecuted people in the world, the world seems to have largely forgotten the Rohingya and international support for them has fallen woefully behind what is required. The UNHCR’s 2021 appeal has reached only 16% of its nearly $300m target. Our beneficiaries who we have been supporting since the crisis in 2017 are urging us not to forget the plight of the Rohingya.