Burma and Bangladesh - Regional Crisis Response Fact Sheet #3, Fiscal Year (FY) 2019

Report
from US Agency for International Development
Published on 12 Apr 2019

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Conflict between the AA and Government of Burma forces causes further displacement in northern Rakhine and parts of Chin

  • USAID/OFDA partners enhance cyclone preparedness in Cox’s Bazar through rehabilitation of 60 cyclone shelters

  • USG announces nearly $46 million in USAID/FFP assistance for refugees in Bangladesh; USAID partner WFP provides food assistance to nearly 1.2 million people in Bangladesh and Burma in February

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

  • Clashes between Government of Burma forces and the Arakan Army (AA)—a non-state ethnic Rakhine armed group—have escalated in 2019 after mostly smaller skirmishes between May and December 2018. The conflict had displaced more than 26,000 civilians in Rakhine and Chin states as of April 4, according to the UN.

  • The Government of Bangladesh has postponed plans to relocate up to 100,000 Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar District to Bhashan Char Island at least until after the May–to–September cyclone and monsoon seasons, according to international media.

  • On March 3, U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R. Miller announced nearly $46 million in USAID/FFP funding to the UN World Food Program (WFP) to support ongoing food assistance programs in response to the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh.