This is not the first time fire has struck Kutupalong camp, devastating the lives of many Rohingya families. Their shelters are built with temporary and flimsy materials, which make it easy for fire to spread rapidly across this "mega camp" made up of 26 smaller camps. Conditions here are deteriorating, with people suffering from reduced access to health care, increased violence, and inadequate living conditions.
The full impact of the fire on the Rohingya community is yet to be seen, as the fire continued to burn overnight. It is still not clear how many shelters, health care facilities, and other humanitarian infrastructure have been destroyed. This is a devastating blow to the Rohingya community, who have already endured years of hardship in poor living conditions.
The Rohingya have been denied the ability to return to their homes in Myanmar safely and with dignity. In Bangladesh, they face restrictions on their freedom of movement and have no access to livelihoods, including the ability to work. These barriers mean that they must depend entirely on humanitarian assistance for survival.