Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis


Since 25 August 2017, targeted violence against Rohingya communities in Rakhine State, Myanmar, has forced 671,000 people - mostly women and children - to flee their homes. This exodus has become one of the fastest growing refugee crises in the world.


The Government of Bangladesh has kept its borders open to Rohingya refugees and leads the humanitarian response. The people of Bangladesh continue to show tremendous generosity and hospitality in the face of a massive influx. In keeping with its policies, the Government of Bangladesh refers to the Rohingya as “Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals”, in the present context. The UN system refers to this population as refugees, in line with the applicable international framework for protection and solutions, and the resulting accountabilities for the country of origin and asylum as well as the international community as a whole. In support of these efforts, the humanitarian community has rapidly scaled up its operations as well. Over a two-month period, the refugee population in Cox’s Bazar more than quadrupled. The influx has continued steadily in subsequent months, with people arriving by foot and by boat. Many refugees arrive exhausted and famished, often after walking for days and experiencing, gender-based violence, and other human rights violations. Many have lost family members, in their villages or along the way, and are deeply traumatized. The Rohingya have endured attacks on their cultural identity and legal nationality for decades and have been denied access to basic human rights such as education, health care or food. Forced into statelessness, even their freedom of movement within their country of origin has been severely restricted.


The Host Communities Working Group strategy is to ensure a two-way communication process between the humanitarian response and the affected people through consistent, coordinated and evidence-based approaches on language to empower women and men, boys and girls, as well as marginalized and disabled people, to get the information they need and provide feedback on their own priorities and concerns regarding humanitarian action. The strategy identifies a set of activities in the framework of collective, common or coordinated services to be rolled out either during the ongoing emergency or in any acute crisis such as a disease outbreak or cyclone. These activities include support for field staff’s ability to communicate directly with both refugee and host communities using a wide range of communication channels. Channels are selected with due regard to community preferences, and include radio, audio, video, print, digital and face-to-face interactions to improve humanitarian response quality and be more accountable to affected people.

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Support to Bangladesh Host Communities and Institutions

Under the 2018 Joint Response Plan (JRP), 25% of the huma

Helping Host communities

Almost one fourth of planned activities and requested fun

JRP for Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis

Since 25 August 2017, targeted violence against Rohingya

UNOSAT Rapid Mapping

UNDP and the Operational Satellite Application Programme (UNOSAT) signed a Standard Operating Procedure (SoP) to strengthen their collaboration to make geospatial technology accessible for emergency and crisis response, early warning and preparedness, risk assessments and recovery planning at country and regional level, including in support of the work of the Global Early Recovery Cluster.
UNOSAT Rapid Mapping is activated include floods, earthquakes, storms, landslides, volcanoes, oil spills, chemical waste, refugee and Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camp mapping, conflict damage assessment and situation analysis. Output products including maps, GIS-ready data (for example flood extents, damage assessments), statistics and reports support clusters or UNDP to become more effective in all phases of the crisis cycle. read more

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