Monsoons hit
Bangladesh
Image depicting Monsoons hit Bangladesh
Photo: WFP/Gemma Snowdon
Massive flooding and landslides leave thousands without food or shelter.
Photo: WFP/Gemma Snowdon
Fleeing for Their Lives

Since violence first erupted in Myanmar in 2016, the Rohingya exodus to Bangladesh has become one of the most acute refugee emergencies for WFP. The refugee camp at Cox’s Bazar is the largest in the world.

The Evolution of the Rohingya Crisis

July 2019

This year's monsoon season strikes, bringing 28 inches of rain in just 10 days. The deluge causes flooding and landslides and wipes away many of the Rohingya's makeshift shelters. WFP works tirelessly throughout the year to prepare the camp, but still, with such shaky infrastructure, staff must relocate families, provide emergency food and repair the damage.

Photo: WFP/Gemma Snowdon

December 2018

More than a year after the crisis began, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya are still unable to return to their homes in Myanmar. Hundreds more arrive every week.

Photo: WFP Middle East Twitter

May 2018

Monsoon season begins, bringing torrential rain and the constant threat of landslides and flooding.

Photo: WFP

February 2018

Preparations to fortify the camp begin in anticipation of the annual monsoon season, which threatens the camp's fragile infrastructure.

Photo: WFP/Saikat Mojumder

January 2018

WFP launches its e-card program, giving Rohingya refugees the ability to buy fresh produce, protein, and grains.

December 2017

The Kutupalong camp in Cox's Bazar becomes the largest refugee camp in the world, host to more than 900,000 Rohingya refugees.

Photo: WFP/Saikat Mojumder

October 2017

Tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees get stuck in no man's land at the border of Bangladesh and Myanmar.

August 2017

The exodus of the Rohingya begins as they flee violence in Western Myanmar.

meeting the challenge

WFP uses smart, innovative solutions to feed Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. These innovations include e-cards, SCOPE registration, high-energy biscuits and drones.

E-cards

E-cards give refugees the power to purchase food on their own terms. Like a debit card, they can be used at WFP food shops to buy fresh produce, meat and oil. E-cards also help stimulate the local economy by supporting nearby producers.

SCOPE

Blockchain technology helps WFP collect names, fingerprints and photos when registering refugees. The SCOPE process reduces loss and theft while allowing the humanitarian agency to better monitor and evaluate food distributions.

Photo: WFP/Alessandro Pavone
HEBs

High energy biscuits are easy to distribute and improve nutrition among families without access to water or cooking supplies. They are fortified with 15 essential vitamins and contain 450 calories, offering a quick meal in emergencies.

Drones

Unmanned aerial vehicles like drones help WFP map humanitarian needs across the makeshift refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, even during cloudy weather. Their photos provide immediate, raw visuals and a data source for operational analysis.

Because of these efforts, the World Food Programme feeds more than 880,000 people inside Cox’s Bazar each month.

Square photograph of Fatema Detailed photograph of Fatema

Fatema

Fatema uses her e-card to feed her five children after escaping Myanmar without her husband.

Detailed photograph of Rubina

Rubina

12-year-old Rubina can focus on her studies knowing she will receive a school meal tomorrow.

Detailed photograph of Abdul

Abdul

High-energy biscuits give Abdul the nutrition he needs to stay healthy.

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There is more to be done. As of July 2019:
80% of refugees are entirely dependent on WFP for food
more than 1,000 new refugees arrive every month.
WFP needs your support to continue its lifesaving work.
Take action today.
Photo: WFP/Shelley Thakral

Help us realize a future beyond emergency assistance where our help is no longer needed.

Let’s build people’s knowledge, skills and resilience. Let’s invest in economic opportunities and sustainable food systems so that all Rohingya families can get the nutrition they need to reach their full potential.