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Resilient Futures for the Rohingya Refugees
Violence towards the Rohingya in Myanmar from 2017, caused the mass displacement of people from Rakhine State to southeastern Bangladesh. The Human Rights Council acting under UN resolution 34/22 has cited this as a crime against humanity and called for an investigation for genocide against the authorities in Myanmar. The majority of the nearly one million displaced persons are residing in overcrowded temporary makeshift shelters, of bamboo frames and plastic sheeting, in Cox’s Bazar district. The camps are highly susceptible to rainfall-triggered landslides, flash flooding and cyclones and the likelihood of a public health emergency from infectious diseases is high, which in this vulnerable population threatens new disaster. Most Rohingya are not recognised as legal refugees by the Bangladesh government, which severely restricts permanent and safe construction, and so emphasises the importance of preparedness and early warning systems to reduce vulnerability to disaster. Working with Dhaka University Department of Disaster Management, and the Centre for Genocide Studies, the aim of this project is to help build resilient futures for the Rohingya refugee and local host populations in Cox’s Bazar district, through research and practical solutions to reduce hydro-meteorological disaster risks, particularly landslide risks. This involves building a rigorous scientific evidence base on landslide hazard and vulnerabilities of refugee and host communities; developing a dynamic landslide early-warning system; improving awareness in vulnerable communities and strengthening capacity to inform policymakers and practitioners; incorporating landslide resilience into a multi-hazard assessment for resilient futures for the Rohingya refugees.
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2 External Collaborators
  • Professor Imtiaz Ahmed
    University of Dhaka, Bangladesh - Bangladesh
  • Professor ASM Maksud Kamal
    University of Dhaka, Bangladesh - Bangladesh
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