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Bangladesh Research Trip

    Solidarity with Rohingya

    Support the Right to Education for Rohingya and host community children in Bangladesh

    Nearly one million Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, fled their homes in Myanmar because of actions by the country’s security forces, many of which amount to crimes against humanity. 

    Almost half a million Rohingya children, growing up in the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, are at the risk of becoming a lost generation without access to an education that can potentially equip them to claim their rights and contribute to the society and economy they live in.  

    The refugee influx has adversely impacted the local economy, where the cost of living has increased by five to seven times, skilled teachers have left schools and students have dropped out in Cox’s Bazar for employment opportunities offered by NGOs operating in the Rohingya camps. All of this has affected the continuity of education for children in the host community. 

    The consequence of these children growing up without access to education is to risk a life of poverty and exploitation including, in some cases, through serious criminal activity such as drug smuggling, child trafficking or recruitment into violent armed groups. 

    TAKE ACTION: Call on the Canadian government to proactively engage with Bangladesh to educate both Rohingya and host community children who have been affected by the refugee influx.

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    Rohingya Voices

    Amnesty International Perspectives

    Bangladesh: Parents fear for ‘lost generation’ of Rohingya children
    Our latest report warns that a ‘lost generation’ of Rohingya children are being systematically denied an education in Bangladesh, and documents the sense of hopelessness and uncertainty expressed by many teachers, parents and young people in the camps.
    Click here to read the full report>>

    “Education for all, why not for refugees?” Rohingya refugee children are missing out on education in Bangladesh (March 12, 2019)|
    In early January 2019 the Bangladesh government started to enforce a long-standing policy that no Rohingya children would be able to go to school. Click here to find out more>>

    My children deserve better than I had (February 21 2019)
    Mohammed Ali is a 65 year-old Rohingya farmer from the village of Kyein Chaung, in the Township of Maungdaw describes fleeing to Bangladesh to escape violence in Rakhine State. Click here to read the full blog>>

    When is a crisis no longer a crisis? Certainly not yet for the Rohingya (February 11 2019) 
    Alex Neve reports back on his arrival in Bangladesh, and the questions he plans to ask over the next 2 weeks. Click here to read his full blog>>

    Remains from the Ashes
    The Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have yet to come to terms with the trauma they had experienced in Myanmar. Ahmer Khan visited Cox’s Bazar to document in photographs the Rohingya people with what they held dearest to them during their troubled escape from home. Photos: Ahmer Khan (Twitter, Instagram) Words: Saad Hammadi, South Asia Campaigner (Twitter).

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