Reaching the Rohingya in “No-Man’s Land”

Emergency Response Nutrition Bangladesh Myanmar

"We can't eat…we leave the food for our children."

Alama Khaton and her three children fled for their lives from the violence in Myanmar, traveling on foot in their attempt to find refuge in Bangladesh.

But now, she and her family are stuck in “no-man’s land” — the area between Myanmar and Bangladesh — where they have been for more than a week, living on the levees between rice paddy fields in the heat with little shade. Alama is just one of the 15,000 people trapped there with severely limited access to food and water.

The World Food Programme (WFP) is on the ground — and on the river — using canoes to deliver lifesaving high-energy biscuits and rice to the Rohingya who are stuck between these two countries.

WFP/Saikat Mojumder
A boatman carries WFP High Energy Biscuits (HEBs) on boat for new arrival Rohingya refugees stuck at Anjuman Para.

Estimates suggest the Rohingya refugee crisis has become the fastest growing mass exodus of people since the Rwandan genocide in 1994 — leaving hundreds of thousands of refugees in overcrowded camps relying on humanitarian support to survive.

WFP is also providing lifesaving emergency aid to Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh — reaching more than 580,000 people.

  • New refugees arriving in Cox’s Bazar are provided with six packets of high-energy biscuits per person. 242,000 people have received high-energy biscuits as of October 17. These biscuits are packed with protein, iron, and calcium, containing all of the vitamins, minerals and calories a person needs during emergencies.
  • Families living in the refugee camps are provided with monthly food baskets consisting of 110 pounds of rice, one gallon of oil and 20 pounds of lentils and yellow split peas.
  • WFP has reached 63,000 pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under 5 with SuperCereal and SuperCereal Plus, which are fortified with protein and micronutrients.
  • WFP established a logistics hub to support efficient delivery of humanitarian aid. To date, 10 mobile storage units were built to store 4,815 tons of emergency relief supplies on behalf of 14 organizations.

WFP does whatever it takes to reach the most vulnerable people because the last thing refugees should have to worry about is where their next meal will come from. But we can’t do it alone — thanks to the support of people like you, WFP is able to save lives.

Learn more about WFP’s emergency response work around the world.