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10 Jan 2018 description

By Francis Markus, IFRC

Before the latest influx of hundreds of thousands of people from Myanmar’s Rakhine state began in August last year, Laila Begum says the area close to her house was nothing but forest, with elephants roaming through the vegetation.

“Now it’s much better, we have a hospital and a learning center for the children,” says the 30-year-old Bangladeshi woman, whose home is close to a camp for new arrivals from Myanmar about 90 minutes’ drive from the town of Cox’s Bazar.

08 Jan 2018 description

This revised Emergency Appeal seeks 1,149,014 Swiss francs (reduced from 1,674,188 Swiss francs) to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) to deliver assistance and support to 50,000 people (reduced from 80,000 people) affected by both Tropical Cyclone Mora and landslides for twelve months with a focus on the following sectors: health, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion (WASH); shelter, food security and livelihoods; disaster risk reduction (DRR) and National Society capacity building.

04 Jan 2018 description

Francis Markus, IFRC

Rashida hasn’t heard any news of her husband since the family’s house was set ablaze, he was taken away and she and her children fled from Myanmar’s Rakhine State to safety in Bangladesh. She says she is sure he must be dead, otherwise he too would have joined them.

“I had to tell the children the truth because otherwise they just kept asking and asking about their father,” she says.

Pain and uncertainty

Living with such pain and uncertainty takes a huge toll on her emotional state.

04 Jan 2018 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the crisis

Tropical cyclone Mora made landfall on the coast of Bangladesh between Cox's Bazaar and the city of Chittagong on 30 May 2017. Myanmar’s Rakhine state was severely hit, particularly in the northern areas of the state, and the states/regions of Chin, Ayeyarwady, Magway and Sagaing. MRCS conducted a rapid assessment in the affected townships to assess the needs of the affected population.

21 Dec 2017 description

By Francis Markus, IFRC

The radiologist opens the bamboo gate to the X-ray tent and four year old Nur Kolima heads gingerly in to lie down on the bed for his image to be taken. His mother, Fatima, is taking no chances with his cough symptoms.

“I had three children, but my little boy, aged 10 months died of fever,” she says with a blank expression.

20 Dec 2017 description

By Rosemarie North, IFRC

Nights are the worst. You lie awake thinking about the life you had in Rakhine state in Myanmar, and the violence and fear that sent you running. Living under plastic and bamboo in Bangladesh, you worry about food, water, shelter, rain, dry, hot, cold, wind, the future. When you finally get to sleep, the nightmares come.

Men face particular stress, says Hamid Hussein, the top community leader or head mazhi, in Hakimpara camp in Cox’s Bazar, just across the border from Myanmar.

04 Dec 2017 description

This map highlights the number of partner organisations (POs) present in Sites/Zone. It includes planned, ongoing and completed activities of Shelter/NFI.

04 Dec 2017 description

This map highlights the coverage of winterization items (more than 2 blankets or sleeping mats, children clothes and Saree longi) by partner organizations of Shelter/NFI. 1 means any one item distributed.

30 Nov 2017 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the crisis

In the beginning of October 2016, an upsurge of violence in the northern area of Myanmar’s Rakhine State led to mass displacement amongst the local population. The violence took place against a backdrop of decades of protracted tension and intercommunal violence between Rakhine and Muslim communities in Rakhine.

29 Nov 2017 description

One of the key humanitarian concerns for many migrants in the Asia Pacific region is the ability to live and work in safe and healthy conditions and to enjoy access to health services and expect health outcomes similar to those of the rest of the population.

27 Nov 2017 description

Community engagement and accountability supports those involved in programmes and operations to adopt innovative approaches to better understand and engage with people and work with them to address unhealthy and unsafe practices. It maximizes the Red Cross and Red Crescent’s unique relationship with the community to help them speak out about the issues that affect them and influence decision and policy-makers to implement positive change.

24 Nov 2017 description

Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, 24 November 2017 - It is three months since the latest wave of violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state triggered one of the world's largest humanitarian crises.

Since 25 August, at least 621,000 people have fled into Bangladesh. Arriving on foot or by boat, they join more than 307,000 who earlier fled seeking safety in Bangladesh, taking the numbers up to almost one million people, with many thousands more reported to be waiting to cross the border.

22 Nov 2017 description

Crowded into sprawling camps of polythene sheeting, around a million people who have sought safety in Bangladesh amid violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state are now facing a future of uncertainty and need.

“We would go back if it is safe to do so,” says Dil Mohammad, who says he is in his 40’s but looks older. He, his sisters and their children left their home in Myanmar’s Rakhine state in the dead of night after flames began to engulf houses in a nearby village.

16 Nov 2017 description

By Diana Coulter, IFRC

The cheers of children rise from a tiny mango grove where a badminton match is underway between two trees.

Along with other “pop-up” play activities offered by members of the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society and IFRC partners, the games are giving children psychosocial support in this patchwork landscape of bamboo shelters where more than 600,000 people have recently arrived from Myanmar, seeking safety from violence.

26 Oct 2017 description

Cox’s Bazar/Geneva, 26 October 2017— The Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has made an impassioned plea for more support for people fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

Speaking at the end of a visit to Cox’s Bazar and the surrounding camps that are now home to more than 600,000 people, Secretary General Elhadj As Sy said:

24 Oct 2017 description

Geneva/Cox’s Bazar, 24 October – The Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Elhadj As Sy, arrives tomorrow in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh where Red Cross and Red Crescent operations are continuing to build in the face of one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.

23 Oct 2017 description

This Revised Emergency Appeal seeks 33,516,6271 Swiss francs – increased from 12,763,504 Swiss francs – to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) to deliver assistance and support to a cumulative total of 200,000 people. This revised Emergency Appeal results in a funding gap of 24,006,582 Swiss francs.

19 Oct 2017 description

By Angela Hill/IFRC

Even after he was shot Naimullah kept walking.

His wound is the result of just one of many acts of violence he, his wife Johora, and their five children encountered while they were walking towards the Myanmar-Bangladesh border. Johora gave birth the day they left their home; just hours later she fled carrying the newborn baby they named Nursahera.

During the 10 day journey, Naimullah said he saw bodies and burning homes. Two people in their group died before they reached the river marking the border.