The scale of the Rohingya crisis has outpaced the international humanitarian community. It is estimated that the refugee camps in Bangladesh are housing approximately 1 million displaced people including thousands of elderly, women and children. Conditions in the camps are poor and there is a significant need for medical aid and humanitarian assistance.
The Rohingya are a predominantly Muslim ethnic minority from the Rakhine State in Myanmar (Burma). They make up ~ 2% of the country’s population. They have been systematically stripped off of their citizenship and basic human rights since 1977 when Myanmar launched the “Naga Min” operation. Racially motivated violence against the Rohingya had started even before this time. Since the 1977 Myanmar military action, over 1 million Rohingya have fled to neighboring countries in Asia, with a vast majority of them seeking shelter in an area known as Cox’s Bazaar – a district in Bangladesh.