Why are Rohingya refugees so vulnerable to coronavirus?

The Coronavirus pandemic has severely impacted communities worldwide, especially those who are living in refugee camps.

The camps in Bangladesh are becoming an even more dangerous home for the many refugees who live there, and the prevention measures we have become used to in the UK will be almost impossible to practice.

Refugee families rely on help for basic daily living supplies, including clean water, soap, and washing powder, so regular handwashing and washing clothes is a challenge. The camps are very overcrowded, and shelters are makeshift, making social distancing advice impractical.

Limited food and healthcare mean also mean that some people are already unwell and will need extra help to survive the virus.

Sign up for our upcoming online talk on the Bangladesh and Rohingya Crisis here. It takes place on Thursday 12 November, 11am-12pm, please do join us and invite others who might be interested.

What is CAFOD doing to help Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh?

Our local experts have been providing practical help in Cox’s Bazar since the camp was set up in 2017. We are continuing to work around the clock to ensure that the most vulnerable refugees in makeshift camps receive the aid they need. So far, we have reached more than 360,000 Rohingya refugees with lifesaving help. We have been able to:-

Provide food, kitchen supplies and blankets to over 89,000 vulnerable families

Install 300 solar streetlights, meaning women, children and the elderly can use water and toilet facilities at night

Rebuild temporary homes for 40,000 families, meaning they have somewhere to safer to shelter together

We have been able to do this because of the generous support you have given us.

For more information on how you can help click here

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