Every year, millions of people are forced to flee from their homes in order to keep safe from war, persecution or natural disaster. People who are compelled to leave their own country in order to escape war, persecution or natural disaster are called refugees.
Refugees leaving their countries often take long journeys by car, lorry, boat or even on foot to get to safety. They gather in places called refugee camps, which are giant camps with many thousands of people living there, often in poor conditions. UNHCR estimates that 70.8 million people are refugees or have been displaced by violence in their own countries. Every region of the world is impacted in some way and today a volatile mix of political, environmental, economic, ethnic, and territorial factors often combine to ignite conflicts. Bangladesh hosts the world’s 8th largest refugee population – over 900,000 people.
ADRA Bangladesh is providing incessant support band together with UNHCR and IOM for the betterment of the Rohingya community. ADRA is assisting them by providing with shelter, foods, health & hygiene kits, ensuring safe water, and empowering them by organizing different types of seminars and awareness sessions. ADRA Bangladesh has implemented the child-friendly spaces which provide psychosocial support to children struggling with trauma.
With refugees, the best solution is being able to return home voluntarily, in safety and dignity. Other solutions include being integrated into the host community or being resettled to a third country. The solution to this problem lies in Myanmar and the safe, voluntary and dignified return of refugees to their homes. For this to happen, conditions need to improve in Myanmar and give refugees the confidence to return.
Millions of people around the world are taking big and small steps in solidarity with refugees. ADRA Bangladesh also believes in solidarity and working untiringly to make a big difference for the Rohingya community.