THREE YEARS INTO THE CRISIS
August 25, 2020 marked the third year of WFP providing life-saving assistance to support the refugee and host populations in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. However, the need for continued assistance remains dire with 94% of Rohingya refugees assessed as vulnerable* even before the COVID-19 pandemic, which has further exacerbated the crisis. 25 August 2020 marked three years since the mass exodus of Rohingya refugees to Cox’s Bazar in August 2017.
Over 745,000 fled persecution in Myanmar, including more than 400,000 children. Since the start of the crisis, WFP has rapidly responded to the influx, providing food and nutrition access to over a million refugees in the camps and Bangladeshis in the host communities, alongside facilitating essential shared services. Cox’s Bazar is one of the poorest and most disaster-prone districts of Bangladesh. The COVID-19 crisis has further heightened vulnerabilities in the impoverished and underdeveloped areas for both the Rohingya refugees and the host community, who continue to bear the environmental and socioeconomic impact of the influx.
Three years into the crisis, WFP remains committed to meeting the critical needs of the refugees and the local community that has generously hosted them.
Much progress has been achieved by the humanitarian community in Cox’s Bazar since the arrival of Rohingya in 2017, but the need for continued assistance remains high. In 2019, 94 percent of the refugee population was highly or moderately vulnerable and dependent on donor-funded support, an increase from 88 percent in 2018 and 80 percent in 2017 (REVA III, 2019). WFP depends on the generous support of donors to deliver to these vulnerable people who most need it.