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Half of displaced Rohingyas faced a near-death experience in Myanmar

  • Published at 12:54 am December 4th, 2019
File photo: Rohingya refugees stretch their hands to receive aid distributed by local organisations at Balukhali makeshift refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, September 14, 2017 Reuters

Nearly, one-third has had a family member or friend murdered, or forcibly isolated from others, reveals a report

About half of the forcibly displaced Rohingyas - living in refugee camps at Cox’s Bazar- had suffered some form of abuse, torture, aggression and even near-death or impending death experiences in Myanmar. 

Nearly, one-third has had a family member or friend murdered, or forcibly isolated from others, reveals a report.

The survey-study, jointly conducted by Innovations Poverty Action (IPA), the International Growth Center (IGC), and Yale University, USA, was revealed yesterday at a workshop in Dhaka.

The outcome of the survey is based on extensive interviews with more than 25,000 Rohingyas. The survey-study was carried out between March and August in 2019.

FIle photo: Rohingya leaders stressed their demands during protests at different spots inside Camp No 26 at Teknaf’s Shalbagan in Cox’s Bazar on Thursday | Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka TribuneHowever, the survey also reveals that more than one-quarter of the forcibly displaced Rohingyas were separated from their families.

"The data of Rohingyas and host communities allows us to actually understand the population we work with, which will allow organizations to better target and design their programs to efficiently meet the needs," said Imran Matin, Executive Director of BRAC Institute of Governance and Development.

Mushfiq Mobarak, a professor of economics at Yale University, said: "Our plan is to follow up with each of them [Rohingyas] and understand how their lives have been transformed over the years."

HIghlighting the number of forcibly displaced people fleeing war, persecution and conflict exceeded 70 million globally last year - the highest number in the UN refugee agency's almost 70 years of operations, Sebastian Chaskel, director of the Peace and Recovery Program at IPA said: "We know shockingly little about them, and about how best to support them as well as the communities that surround them."

The almost 70.8 million people forcibly displaced is 2.3 million more than the previous year, according to the agency's annual Global Trends report. The figure is also double the level recorded 20 years ago. 

He hopes that the donors, development partners and host communities will incorporate these findings into their intervention and assistance programs.

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