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Following the massive fires that took place on 22 March 2021 across several camps in Bangladesh, Action Against Hunger is strongly concerned by the ongoing tragic situation faced by Rohingya Refugees.
After nearly 4 years living in overcrowded camps the situation faced by hundreds of thousands refugees is more precarious and uncertain than ever. In January, a severe fire burned down more than 500 shelters, leaving 3,479 people homeless. Action Against Hunger teams are on the ground now responding to the urgent needs of thousands of displaced households needing emergency assistance.
The most urgent priority for Action Against Hunger is provision of lifesaving water, sanitation, and hygiene services, as well as hot meals. At present, Action Against Hunger has the capacity to serve 6,000 hot meals through community kitchens twice a day, as well as distribution of tens of thousands of hygiene kits and other non-food items.
Action Against Hunger also expresses concern for the continued trauma faced by the Rohingya refugees. Through its Mental Health Care Practices, Gender, and Protection (MHCPGP) Team, Action Against Hunger is providing psychological first aid to affected households.
“This emergency is another reminder of the ongoing vulnerability and suffering that the Rohingya community has had to endure. Without a dignified, safe solution, continued support from the international community is critical to meet the basic needs of the Rohingya”, said Rebecca Zorn, Deputy Country Director – Program, Action Against Hunger.
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