Rohingya Refugee Crisis

The Rohingya, an ethnic group of one million from Myanmar, are considered the world's most persecuted minority. More than 700,000 Rohingya refugees now reside in Bangladesh after fleeing sustained violence and ethnic cleansing by the Myanmar government. These refugees now live in makeshift camps along the border. These refugees now live in makeshift camps along the border and the camps continue to grow every month. They are completely dependent on humanitarian aid for their survival.

“I’ve been in some difficult places,” says Martin Worth, UNICEF’s Head of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for the refugee camps in Bangladesh. “But this could get so much worse. What is already a dire humanitarian situation could become a catastrophe.”

International Relief Teams is addressing urgent needs for Rohingya families living in the refugee camps. In partnership with Concern Worldwide, we have distributed nearly 4,000 solar lights to the same number of households in two different refugee camps, benefiting more than 20,000 people. Female-headed households and households with four or more children were given priority. Because there is no electricity in the camps, the solar lights greatly improve the lives of refugees after dark. The lights help reduce the risk of violence for women and children, allowing them to move freely at night. The lights also allow children to read and study after dark.

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Population below poverty line:
Total Expenditure on health per capita:
2.8% of GDP
Under five mortality rate:
Physicians Density:
.47 physicians/1,000 population
Life Expectancy:
73.4 years
School Life Expectancy:
10 years
Literacy Rate:
GDP per capita:
Children Under the age of 5 years underweight:
32.6% (Ranked 5th in the world)
Unemployment rate:
% without health insurance:
% of persons living in poverty:
% of high school graduates:
Median household income:

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