Humanitarian Assistance to Rohingya Refugees: Achievements and Challenges

A N M Zakir Hossain, Faculty of Public Governance and International Studies, National University of Public Service, Budapest, Hungary


The Rohingya Crisis and Response


The numbers of refugees increased all over the world while humanitarian organizations are challenged to support this vast population in different parts of the world. Rohingya refugees are forced to flee from Myanmar which became augmented in 2017 when the military crackdown started. While many are internally displaced, Bangladesh is hosting about one million Rohingya in the world's largest refugee camp where humanitarian support is becoming challenging due to legal and environmental vulnerabilities. International law becomes restricted for refugees in Bangladesh as it is not the signatory to the international convention of refugees. The camp area is vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters. These people have numerous health issues that put pressure on the humanitarian organizations to manage the crises. This paper aims to identify the pros and cons to delivering humanitarian support to the Rohingya. It also intends to discover how humanitarian services are enabling refugees and rebuilding their future. The research will try to answer: under what conditions and how humanitarian assistance is delivering to the Rohingya? What are the challenges of humanitarian organizations during their activities to Rohingya during COVID-19? Is this assistance good enough for these refugees’ sustainable future, why and why not? The paper will follow a system approach and be based on secondary sources of data to answer the questions and attain the objectives.

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