Bangladesh with a population of around 163 million living in 147,570 km² land, is one of the most densely populated counties in the world. Almost one third of its population (24.3 percent) live below the poverty line. Bangladesh’s economy is primarily dependent on agriculture. However, it is vulnerable to natural hazards like flooding and cyclones, high land salinity, droughts as well as adverse impacts of climate change - especially rising sea level. Scientists have predicted that by the year 2040, the southern part of Bangladesh will be flooded leaving more than 30 million people homeless. These natural hazards pose a threat to food security and livelihood in the region.
Bangladesh is also facing a humanitarian crisis at present. It recently opened its border to about a million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. Humanitarian response from the Government of Bangladesh, in partnership with the development community since August 25, 2017 has been swift and significant; however, it is far from sufficient. The situation at the refugee shelters in Cox’s Bazaar remains critical and massive loss of life through outbreak of disease is imminent.
DanChurchAid supports partners in Bangladesh by aiding the poor, marginalized community including women and vulnerable groups etc. to reduce poverty through improving livelihoods of poor and extreme poor households, empowering excluded and marginalized communities, and building resilience of disaster and climate vulnerable people within the Resilient Livelihoods and Sustainable Food Programme, and Humanitarian Response and Disaster Risk Reduction Programme.
Rohingya women make up more than half of the refugee population, and they continue to face daily risks and hardship within the settlements they now live in. An EU-funded programme wants to change that, read about this here on The European Commision blogpost
FCA (Finn Church Aid) and DCA (DanChurchAid) have engaged in serving the most vulnerable women and girls in Cox’s Bazar through a holistic approach.
You can also watch this video about our work here:
It is now the season for heavy rains in Cox's Bazar, and the monsoon season is imminent. Walk with our reporter through the camp:
DCA is creating safe spaces for women and children in Cox's Bazar, you can watch a video about our programme here:
Click on the link below and download our Fact Sheet about our work
with the Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar
You can find (and download) a PDF version here