Rohingya refugees need safe shelters.
As monsoon season approaches, thousands of Rohingya refugee families in Bangladesh need support and shelter to stay safe from possible floods and landslides, which often happen in refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar.
“I felt helpless. I didn’t understand where to go. The water was rising so fast that we couldn’t go back. Most of our belongings were washed away.” Meher is a Rohingya grandmother who was affected by the monsoon last year.
Last year, Rohingya refugees faced a harsh monsoon season which tragically led to the death of many refugees and Bangladeshis. In addition, thousands of shelters, medical centers, distribution points, roads, and pathways were destroyed or damaged.
This year, UNHCR is working around the clock to help maintain and improve shelters, public facilities, and the water and sanitation networks to be ready for any emergency. Also, hundreds of volunteer refugee emergency responders who have already undergone UNHCR’s training stay prepared to provide support and awareness to families in the camps.
Nearly five years after the Rohingya crisis, the monsoon season remains the most harsh period of the year, bringing more suffering and unrest, and they depend on our support today more than ever.