CBM continues support of vulnerable refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Stories | June 20, 2022

Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh is home to more than 1.2 million Rohingya refugees. The area has been hit hard by heavy monsoon rains, which have triggered flash flooding and landslides submerging shelters and ruining people’s livelihoods.

Although relief assistance is being provided in the form of food, clean water and shelter, plus sanitation and hygiene kits, flash flooding and landslides continue to hinder road access to and from the camp, limiting the scale of the response.

This is further compounded by COVID-19 restrictions, which impact the movement of relief items in and around the camp and the movement of emergency response workers collecting data on where assistance is needed most.

People living in the camps, including people with disabilities, have already fled violence and persecution in their hometown over seven years ago and are now faced with the added burden of surviving an extreme weather event during a global pandemic.

Flooded and damaged roads have made it difficult for people, especially people with disabilities, to access essential services. While many people in the camps expressed a sense of hopelessness, people with disabilities were more likely to feel unsafe and experience psychological stress, trauma, and a lack of support from their community.

This highlights the need to ensure emergency response plans include people with disabilities so they are not forgotten and can access the services and relief items necessary for their recovery.

CBM has been working with partners Centre for Disability in Development (CDD) Bangladesh to improve the health and wellbeing of those living in Cox’s Bazar by improving access to essential health, rehabilitation and psychosocial services, and increasing disability inclusions.

We will continue to support all refugees throughout this emergency. In addition, in March 2021, CBM and CDD conducted a Rapid Needs Assessment to understand Cox’s Bazar’s immediate needs better and inform recommendations on the response and recovery plan. View the report here.

You can support CBM’s emergency response by donating today.

CBM acknowledges the support of the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).

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