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Largest refugee camp in the worldRohingya in Bangladesh: Medical provided, but without future

Over 900,000 Rohingya who had to flee Myanmar live in the Kutupalong refugee camp. They are given medical care and have food. But there is no prospect that they will be able to return to their homeland.

In 2017, more than 600,000 Rohingya fled persecution and violence from Myanmar to Bangladesh. They and many other refugees have been living in the Kutupalong refugee camp, Bangladesh, which is the largest refugee camp in the world with over 900,000 people.

But this term may be misleading. Because this camp is not there to offer refugees temporary protection for a few years so that they can return to their homeland at some point. The Rohingya in Kutupalong must assume that they will live there for many years. Children born there are likely to spend their childhood and adolescence there.

"The camp is clean, there is medical care. But it is not prepared for the coming monsoons."
Katharina Hamberger, Deutschlandfunk Nova reporter

The real problem remains unsolved: The Rohingya are not wanted in Myanmar. And not in Bangladesh either. They are people that nobody wants. And they have no citizenship.

Our reporter Katharina Hamberger was recently on site and was able to take a look at the warehouse. According to her, there are things that go well and that go bad. On the positive side, the warehouse is clean and the garbage is removed. And thanks to many aid organizations, there is medical care, hygiene and first aid courses.

The impending monsoon worries the refugees and local helpers. The camp is not prepared for heavy rain. The huts are simply built, often with just a plastic sheet as a roof. And Bangladesh does not allow more.

The Rohingya are prohibited from:

  • Build permanent huts / houses
  • To work
  • To learn the national language of Bangladesh
  • Leaving the camp without a permit

In this way, Bangladesh wants to ensure that the Rohingya do not develop any relationship with the country. You should return to Myanmar at some point.

There are 1,000,000 refugees for every 250,000 locals

There is also an agreement that 30 percent of all aid money goes to the locals. They can also trade with refugees. So, in a way, they benefit from the refugees.

Bangladesh is a relatively poor country. And there are almost one million refugees for every 250,000 Bangalans in the region. These are not easy conditions for preventing social unrest. Traffic has also increased significantly due to the refugee camp.