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February 21, 2018

More than 2,000 Bangladeshi and international staff members—from doctors, nurses, and mental health counselors to logisticians, translators, and social workers—are working with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to respond to the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh. MSF operations here have rapidly scaled up since late August 2017.

February 20, 2018

More than 688,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Cox's Bazar, a district in southeastern Bangladesh, since late August 2017 after fleeing a campaign of targeted violence and persecution in Rakhine state, Myanmar. They join hundreds of thousands more ethnic Rohingya who had made the same journey during previous crises. The Rohingya, a predominantly Muslim minority denied citizenship and other rights in Myanmar, have settled in existing camps as well as in new makeshift settlements established by Bangladeshi authorities.

February 20, 2018

Thousands of Rohingya refugees continue to cross the border into Bangladesh, fleeing targeted violence and persecution in Myanmar. Here, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) emergency coordinator Kate Nolan describes the current situation and the challenges on the horizon.

January 29, 2018

A diphtheria outbreak is raging in the refugee camps in the Cox’s Bazar area of Bangladesh, where nearly 700,000 Rohingya people have settled after fleeing violence and persecution across the border in Myanmar. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) doctor Rosie Burton recently returned from Bangladesh, where she spent one month working in a diphtheria treatment center run by the organization. Here, she describes the situation.

January 05, 2018

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières doctor Nina Goldman is currently in Bangladesh, where MSF provides medical care to hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled violence in neighboring Myanmar. Here, she describes the diphtheria outbreak that is currently affecting the makeshift camps where refugees have settled.

October 23, 2017

Since August 25 more than 600,000 Rohingya people have fled targeted violence in Myanmar and sought safety across the border in Bangladesh, bringing the total of Rohingya refugees in that country to nearly a million. The new arrivals share horrific stories with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams about their villages being raided and burned and of widespread violence against civilians. They carry the scars from bullet, blast, and stab wounds, severe burns, and sexual violence.

October 23, 2017

Today in Geneva Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) President Dr. Joanne Liu spoke at a Pledging Conference for the Rohingya Refugee Crisis organized by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and co-hosted by the European Union and Kuwait. Here, Dr. Liu describes her recent visit to Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, where a refugee crisis is unfolding after renewed violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar.

October 18, 2017

Since August 25 more than half a million Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh following a wave of targeted violence in neighboring Myanmar’s Rakhine state. Most of the newly arrived refugees have moved into makeshift settlements without adequate access to shelter, food, clean water, or latrines. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) water and sanitation expert Paul Jawor recently returned from southeast Bangladesh.

October 05, 2017

Following a wave of targeted violence against ethnic Rohingya in Rakhine state, Myanmar, more than half a million people have fled to neighboring Bangladesh since August 25, 2017. This new influx of refugees comes in addition to the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who fled across the border during episodes of violence in previous years.

October 05, 2017

Following a wave of targeted violence against ethnic Rohingya in Rakhine state, Myanmar, more than half a million people have fled to neighboring Bangladesh since August 25, 2017. This new influx of refugees has added to hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who fled across the border during episodes of violence in previous years.

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