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Oxfam: Rohingya women need $72m in aid

  • Published at 02:39 pm September 11th, 2018
Oxfam report launch
Speakers hold the Oxfam report that was launched at an event held in Raowa Complex in Dhaka on September 11, 2018 Mahmud Hossain Opu

Speakers announced this at Tuesday’s launch of ‘One Year On: Time To Put Women and Girls At The Heart Of The Rohingya Response’

Oxfam has said $72 million is required for humanitarian programs designed to aid the Rohingya women and children currently living in Cox’s Bazar’s refugee camps.

It said the Rohingya women have been developing health problems, missing out on aid, and are at a greater risk of abuse due to unsafe and unsuitable facilities—in many parts of the camps.

Speakers made the assessment at an Oxfam report launch on Tuesday. “One Year On: Time To Put Women and Girls At The Heart Of The Rohingya Response,” was launched at the Raowa Complex in Dhaka.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam was present as the guest of honour.   

Speakers at the event said more than a third of the women surveyed said they did not feel safe or comfortable to collect water, or use the toilet and shower cubicles—they refrain from drinking water to avoid having to relieve themselves.

This has led to many cases of abdominal pain, infections, and the use of unhygienic cloths—increasing the risk of a major outbreak of disease, the speakers added.

The report also showed that poor facilities increase the risk of sexual abuse and harassment, as hundreds of incidents of gender-based violence are reported each week.

State Minister Shahriar Alam said that the Oxfam report will help in coming up with an action plan to reduce the violence against the Rohingya women living in the camps.

In a reply to a question about deforestation of the camps, he said that it is not currently possible to plant trees and return the forest to its former condition. “That is the reality. That is what we have to accept.”