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A Rohingya refugee boy who is among those being relocated from a camp near the Bangladesh Myanmar border waits to receive a food card, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Jan. 21, 2018 (AP photo by Manish Swarup).

One Year On, Feeding Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh Requires a Herculean Effort

Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018

Editor's note: This article is the first in a new series on food security around the world.

One year has passed since the most recent wave of Rohingya refugees streamed into Bangladesh, fleeing a brutal and indiscriminate security crackdown in their home state of Rakhine, in western Myanmar. On Monday, a United Nations commission recommended the investigation and prosecution of senior leaders in Myanmar’s security forces for “the gravest crimes under international law.” Almost 900,000 Rohingya refugees now reside in a network of camps in southern Bangladesh, largely reliant on external assistance for their basic daily needs. Food insecurity is a major threat for Myanmar’s displaced Muslim Rohingya minority, particularly during the monsoon rains, which began in June. In an email interview, Dipayan Bhattacharyya, the World Food Program’s deputy country director for Bangladesh, discusses the outlook for Rohingya refugees and the challenges the humanitarian community must overcome to meet their nutritional and health needs. ...

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