Source: AUN News
Since the beginning of the humanitarian crisis, the Bangladesh government, local communities, and aid organizations have swiftly assisted refugees arriving in Cox’s Bazar, now the world’s largest refugee camp.
Many Rohingya continue to inform UNHCR that they want to return to Myanmar if circumstances for safe, dignified, and sustainable returns are met, and they ha. They of movement, access to paperwork, and a road to citizenship.
This week commemorates the fifth anniversary of the exodus of 700,000+ Rohingya women, men, and children from Myanmar to Bangladesh, joining hundreds of thousands of others. We call for significantly increased efforts to gain a financial stance and solutions for the Rohingya.
Reliant on assistance
Conditions in Bangladesh are severely cramped for the almost one million Stateless Rohingya refugees, who are entirely deentirely humanitarian aid for survival.
“With less money, they confront more obstacles in their daily life,” Ms. Mantoo added, citing multiple humanitarian assessment assessments that identified sufficient nutrition, shelter materials, sanitary facilities, and livelihood possibilities among often unmet needs.
“Some have resorted to perilous boat excursions in search of a better future”
The UNHCR r.epresentative also stated that violent occurrences, particularly those involving women, children, and persons with disabilities, are frequently underreported.
According to her, violence against children and women, particularly gender-based violence, is “shrouded in stigma,” rendering survivors mute and often unable to receive legal, medical, psychosocial, or other support.
Ms. Mantoo went on to sasaid that education, skill development, and livelihood possibilities must be “scaled up,” noting that these will not only prepare refugees for eventual return but will also help them stay secure and productive while in Bangladesh.
While 10,000 Rohingya students in Bangladesh are enrolled in the Myanmar curriculum, which is tammar, continued and expanded access to the curriculum is required.
“This is a significant step toward more formal schooling and helps reduce the learning gap for older children who previously had no learning options,” stated a UNHCR spokeswoman.
Improvement of skills
UNHCR also requests funding to guarantee that refugees may benefit from skill development, such as vocational training and other forms of capacity-building for adolescent and adult refugees.
In addition to helping refugees to assist their communities and live with dignity in Bangladesh, it will prepare them for reconstructing their lives when they may voluntarily and safely return to Myanmar, which is currently under repressive military rule following a coup last year.
Support is critical.
While foreign help has been and continues to be critical in providing lifesaving protection and assistance services to Rohingya refugees, money falls far short of what is required.
According to UNHCR, the 2022 response plan, which seeks over $881 million for more than 1.4 million people, including Rohingya refugees and more than 500,000 most impacted host communities, is only 49 percent funded, with $426.2 million collected.
“The international community must do more to guarantee that the Rohingya do not remain displaced,” Ms. Mantoo said, urging more vital polymer robust course and diplomatic involvement to establish conditions for voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable return.
Analysis by: Advocacy Unified Network