Under Fire, Under Water: Sustaining Humanitarian Assistance to Conflict-Affected Communities in Myanmar’s Karen State
Amid flooding and conflict in southeastern Myanmar, we talk to humanitarian workers supported by Community Partners International (CPI), who ensure that essential services reach communities in urgent need.
As World Humanitarian Day approaches, we hear from Rohingya and Bangladeshi humanitarian workers, supported by Community Partners International (CPI), providing essential services to refugees and local communities in Kutupalong Refugee Camp, Bangladesh.
World Menstrual Hygiene Day: “When we first started, many women and girls didn’t know about sanitary pads.”
Around the world, displaced women and girls face challenges accessing good menstrual hygiene. To mark World Menstrual Hygiene Day, we speak to Sweety and Naznin, about their work to help Rohingya refugee women and girls in Kutupalong Refugee Camp, Bangladesh, access hygiene and sanitation during menstruation.
For Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, finding enough safe water to meet their daily needs can be difficult and exhausting. A new water network, built with Community Partners International's support, provides 800 Rohingya refugees with easy access to a reliable, safe water supply for their essential drinking, washing, and cooking needs.
Families in Doria Nagar, Bangladesh, have struggled for years to access safe and affordable water for drinking and washing. Over the last year, a newly-installed water network supported by Community Partners International (CPI) is providing them with safe water at one sixth of the cost of their previous supply.
Myanmar’s Humanitarian Crisis: “Because of conflict, people can’t move freely, making it difficult to get food and medical supplies.”
In Kayin (Karen) State, southeast Myanmar (Burma), renewed conflict between the Myanmar military and ethnic nationality organizations has displaced thousands of people and created a humanitarian crisis against the backdrop of a rising wave of COVID-19. With support from the Livelihoods and Food Security Fund (LIFT), Community Partners International (CPI) is helping local partner the Karen Ethnic Health Organizations Consortium (KEHOC) to provide displaced and conflict-affected women, newborns and young children with essential nutrition support, safe water, and hygiene and sanitation.
For Rohingya refugees in Kutupalong Refugee Camp, Bangladesh, cholera is an ever-present threat. The cramped and crowded conditions, limited access to water, sanitation and hygiene services, and seasonal flooding create an environment in which cholera can quickly take hold. Rohingya volunteers supported by Community Partners International (CPI) and local partner Green Hill are assisting a cholera vaccination campaign that has successfully reached 96% of refugees in their catchment areas since October 10.
Since late July, heavy rains in Kutupalong Refugee Camp, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, have caused widespread flooding and landslides, damaging shelters and facilities, and displacing and affecting thousands of people. Rohingya volunteers supported by Community Partners International have been at the forefront of efforts to help those affected.
On March 22, to mark World Water Day, and under the theme "Valuing Water", Rohingya water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) volunteers supported by Community Partners International (CPI) led activities in Kutupalong Refugee Camp, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, to raise community awareness of water security and safety.
Ayesha and Jannat are Rohingya refugees from Myanmar sheltering in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. They fled violence in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State in 2017 with their families, walking for many days to reach the Bangladesh border. Today, they live in Kutupalong, the world’s largest refugee camp. Both receive assistance from networks of Rohingya community health and water, sanitation and hygiene volunteers supported by Community Partners International (CPI). Here are their stories.