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Bangladesh: stepping up humanitarian assistance to Rohingya refugees

Since late August, Bangladesh has witnessed an unprecedented influx of Rohingya refugees arriving in Bangladesh's southern border district of Cox’s Bazar following the latest bouts of violence in Myanmar’s neighbouring Rakhine state. 

Over half a million people have crossed the border within a month and a half, putting a tremendous strain on the already-stretched humanitarian organisations already operating in the area, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas already lived. 

With the number of refugees expected to rise in the coming months , the European Union has allocated a further €3 million to step up its humanitarian operations in the country. The funding focuses on the delivery of live-saving services to newly arrived Rohingya refugees. 

Story by Mallika Panorat, Information and Communications Assistant, EU Humanitarian Aid

Photos by WFP/ACF/ECHO

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