A steaming cup of tea. The cheers from the neighborhood kids. A laugh at the dinner table. Small moments like these make up our days and show who we really are.

This World Refugee Day, the Rohingya refugees share their stories and take us inside the moments that make up a day in their lives, set against the world’s largest refugee camp.

Umme Salma

Umme Salma, a WFP Storyteller, shares her wishes and desire in the wake of the day. …

A steaming cup of tea. The cheers from the neighbourhood kids. A laugh at the dinner table. Small moments like these make up our days and show who we really are.

This World Refugee Day, the Rohingya refugees share their stories and take us inside the moments that make up a day in their lives, set against the world’s largest refugee camp.

Jeyabol Hoque

Jeyabol Hoque, a WFP Storyteller, wrote this piece to gives us a glimpse of his of in the camps.

It has been four years that I’ve been calling Kutupalong refugee camp my home. When I recall…

A steaming cup of tea. The cheers from the neighbourhood kids. A laugh at the dinner table. Small moments like these make up our days and show who we really are.

This World Refugee Day, the Rohingya refugees share their stories and take us inside the moments that make up a day in their lives, set against the world’s largest refugee camp.

Mohammed Faisal

Mohammed Faisal, a WFP Storyteller, takes us inside a late afternoon in the camps, with cheers of a goal made, collective sighs of one missed, and how a community comes together through a shared love of…

This pop-up shop in Cox’s Bazar ensures greater food variety for Rohingya refugees and serves them in times of their need.

Romida and her children sit in front of their groceries with huge smiles on their faces. Understandable given the milestone they’ve just reached. For Romida, it was the first time in her life she’s ever been grocery shopping for herself and her family. For her children, it’s seeing the bountiful fruits and vegetables that have come with their food assistance this month. …

The sunlight coming through the window was directly falling into Md Hosen’s tear-soaked face. In his mid-sixties, he looks tired and worn-out.

“Every single thing I had gathered after coming here is gone. All I have left are the clothes I am wearing now,” he says, recalling the night on 22 March, when a massive fire broke out in the camps where Hosen, his family and thousands of other Rohingya refugees call home.

A devastating destroyed around 10,000 shelters at Balukhali Refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh Photo: Sayed Asif Mahmud/WFP

Hosen’s is one of nearly 50,000 families who lost everything in the fire. Some 80 percent of Hosen’s camp and 10,000 shelters were completely destroyed.

A tale of the mutual appreciation for dry fish, the converging point of Bangladeshi and Rohingya cuisine.

Language can often feel representative of all that binds us. And, sometimes, all that divides us. A defining feature of our cultures, values, and even national pride. International Mother Language Day, every 21 February, is inspired by Bangladesh’s struggle for representation and freedom. Today, the country hosts nearly 1 million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, another group of people denied basic rights. Speaking different languages and coming from different countries, the two communities can seem very different. But some Bangladeshi and Rohingya people are realizing they have more in common than not.

Shonjida, a Rohingya Woman preparing dry fish Photo: WFP/Nalifa Mehelin

The opaque steam coming out of two pots in…

On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Shamsun Nahar shares her story as a working mom living with a disability.

Tucked in a small village in Ukhiya, Bangladesh, Shamsun lives with her son Redoy and daughter Reya. The single mother and sole breadwinner for her family tend to her goats, chickens, and small vegetable farm as she asks Reya how her day at school went. The 13-year-old chatters away excitedly about what she learned and her favorite subjects.

Shamsun and her daughter Reya. Photo: WFP/Nalifa Mehelin

When Shamsun was growing up she didn’t have the same opportunities as her daughter, who she’s determined will receive a proper education…

Meet the women in Cox’s Bazar utilizing their skills to protect their community from COVID-19.

Roksana received training from WFP on how to make the masks and now is making 30 masks per day Photo: WFP/Nalifa Mehelin

Roksana and Moyuna have never met and they likely never will. They sit at similar sewing machines less than 20kms away from each other, carefully folding and stitching together layers of fabric that will soon become reusable cloth masks that will be distributed to members of their community.

Though the two women have never met, they’re both connected by a desire to protect their respective communities as cases of COVID-19 in the Rohingya refugee camps and surrounding host community creep ever higher.

In Bangladesh, the World Food Programme (WFP) is working to ensure the refugees living in the camps can still access essential food and nutrition assistance amidst the pandemic.

Before COVID-19, if you had come to the nutrition center in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, home to the world’s biggest refugee camp, you would have been greeted with happy children, smiling and playing.

While waiting for their turns, the children were carefully watching a documentary on health and hygiene habits prior to COVID-19 Photo: WFP/Nihab Rahman

Whereas now, adjustments had to be made to ensure that children coming to the centers are protected from the virus. Only 15–20 children and adults are now allowed to visit, with one hour apart from the next group, so that social distance can be maintained.

The Humanitarian Access Project aims to cut traffic and reduce the number of visitors to the world’s biggest refugee camp

QR code scan at a checkpoint on the way to the Mega camp in Cox’s Bazar. Photo: WFP/Nalifa Mehelin

The lives of the people all over the world have been undergoing rapid changes due to an omnipresent but unwelcome virus that has touched every corner of our globe. This is no different in Bangladesh where COVID-19 has forced drastic changes to the way we deliver life-saving humanitarian aid to Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshi nationals in Cox’s Bazar, home to the world’s largest refugee camp.

‘Used to take cards 15 minutes to get through, now it can take 30 seconds’

Unforeseen changes often lead to unprecedented innovation, however, as witness the Humanitarian Access Project. It was developed last month in…

Nalifa Mehelin

Communications Associate, working at the World Food Programme in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

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