Trapped in Statelessness: Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh
Milton, Abul Hasnat; Rahman, Mijanur; Hussain, Sumaira; Jindal, Charulata; Choudhury, Sushmita; Akter, Shahnaz; Ferdousi, Shahana; Mouly, Tafzila Akter; Hall, John; Efird, Jimmy T.
The Rohingya people are one of the most ill-treated and persecuted refugee groups in the world, having lived in a realm of statelessness for over six generations, and who are still doing so. In recent years, more than 500,000 Rohingyas fled from Myanmar (Burma) to neighboring countries. This article addresses the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh, with special emphasis on the living conditions of this vulnerable population. We reviewed several documents on Rohingya refugees, visited a registered refugee camp (Teknaf), collected case reports, and conducted a series of meetings with stakeholders in the Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh. A total of 33,131 registered Rohingya refugees are living in two registered camps in Cox’s Bazar, and up to 80,000 additional refugees are housed in nearby makeshift camps. Overall, the living conditions of Rohingya refugees inside the overcrowded camps remain dismal. Mental health is poor, proper hygiene conditions are lacking, malnutrition is endemic, and physical/sexual abuse is high. A concerted diplomatic effort involving Bangladesh and Myanmar, and international mediators such as the Organization of Islamic Countries and the United Nations, is urgently required to effectively address this complex situation.
Milton, Abul Hasnat, & Rahman, Mijanur, & Hussain, Sumaira, & Jindal, Charulata, & Choudhury, Sushmita, & Akter, Shahnaz, & Ferdousi, Shahana, & Mouly, Tafzila Akter, & Hall, John, & Efird, Jimmy T.. (August 2017). Trapped in Statelessness: Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh. International Journal of Environmental Research Public Health, (14:8), p.. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10342/8424
Milton, Abul Hasnat, and Rahman, Mijanur, and Hussain, Sumaira, and Jindal, Charulata, and Choudhury, Sushmita, and Akter, Shahnaz, and Ferdousi, Shahana, and Mouly, Tafzila Akter, and Hall, John, and Efird, Jimmy T.. "Trapped in Statelessness: Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh". International Journal of Environmental Research Public Health. 14:8. (.), August 2017. July 24, 2021. http://hdl.handle.net/10342/8424.
Milton, Abul Hasnat and Rahman, Mijanur and Hussain, Sumaira and Jindal, Charulata and Choudhury, Sushmita and Akter, Shahnaz and Ferdousi, Shahana and Mouly, Tafzila Akter and Hall, John and Efird, Jimmy T., "Trapped in Statelessness: Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh," International Journal of Environmental Research Public Health 14, no. 8 (August 2017), http://hdl.handle.net/10342/8424 (accessed July 24, 2021).
Milton, Abul Hasnat, Rahman, Mijanur, Hussain, Sumaira, Jindal, Charulata, Choudhury, Sushmita, Akter, Shahnaz, Ferdousi, Shahana, Mouly, Tafzila Akter, Hall, John, Efird, Jimmy T.. Trapped in Statelessness: Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh. International Journal of Environmental Research Public Health. August 2017; 14(8) . http://hdl.handle.net/10342/8424. Accessed July 24, 2021.