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27 September 2017

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Some Rohingya children in Kutupalong Makeshift Settlement use umbrellas to shield themselves from the frequent heavy rains. Photo: Tamsin Fernandez-Cox/IOM 2017

Rohingya Refugees Struggle to Survive in Cox’s Bazar Settlements

Bangladesh (IOM) – Over the past month an estimated 430,000 ethnic Rohingya people have made the dangerous and arduous journey from Myanmar’s North Rakhine State to Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh to escape the ongoing violence described by the UN as “ethnic cleansing”.

They joined another 200,000 Rohingya already living in Cox’s Bazar’s vast, muddy tarpaulin and bamboo makeshift settlements. Of these, 80,000 had already arrived between October 2016 and August this year, following an earlier outbreak of violence. Bangladesh is now grappling with a humanitarian crisis triggered by this influx of desperate people.

As one drives along the Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf Highway, a bumpy “B-road” that is the only access to Kutupalong refugee camp and the adjacent Kutupalong makeshift settlement, the epicenter of this human tide, countless faces lining the road stare into the car.

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Central America (IOM) – The reggae band Talawa was formed in 2006, and it released 3 records in ten years. The documentary follows the band and their sound engineer during a journey in Central America and the United States motivated by the false expectations of a tour contract.

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Migration in the News


  • HuffPost UK found a number of Facebook pages advertising the Central Mediterranean smuggling route from Libya to Italy used by nearly 90,000 migrants in 2017.  
  • UN Radio spoke with IOM Director General William Lacy Swing who noted that changing the "toxic narrative" about migration is crucial as the international community negotiates the first ever global agreement on human mobility.
  • Bangladesh’s The Daily Observer and Dhaka Tribune reported that at least 19,279 Rohingyas have been registered in 30 booths set up near different camps in Cox's Bazar. IOM and Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) have identified symptoms of severe acute malnutrition in 759 Rohingya children under the age of five.
  • Bernama reported that the United States has urged the Sudanese government to launch a transparent investigation into recent clashes in Kalma camp for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Darfur region.
  • All Africa reported that a landmark new estimate of the number of people around the world trapped in modern slavery could galvanise a global drive to end the international crime by 2030, experts said. 
  • All Africa reported that thousands of Burundian refugees remain in Tanzania as international migration agencies battle to raise funds to enable their return home. 
  • 24.kg reported that the number of citizens of Kyrgyzstan, who received permission to work in Turkey, sharply increased in 2017. This was stated by the head of the Turkish Migration Service Sezilimiz Ramazan at the fourth meeting of senior officials of the Almaty Process.


Trending on the Internet

  • DW reported that the entry of the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) in the Bundestag (German parliament) has shocked many Germans and also unsettled Muslim migrants in Germany.
  • Al Jazeera reported that trained nurses have come to aid of 24,000 pregnant and lactating Rohingya women staying in Bangladesh's refugee camps.




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