On Tuesday, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) witnessed a group of around 30 police with local officials enter Kutupalong makeshift camp in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh, and destroy 259 homes, looting people’s possessions in the process. The building material from the destroyed homes was then removed into the official United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) camp, immediately adjacent. Other residents of the makeshift camp were told that they have 48 hours to clear their homes or they will be burnt down.

MSF moves to assist Rohingya living in unacceptable humanitarian conditions in yet another makeshift camp in Bangladesh.

Forced displacement, intimidation and abuse in Kutupalong makeshift camp

For more than half a century, the Muslim minority population in Myanmar, the Rohingya, have fled the severe repression and persecution they face in their homeland to seek refuge in Bangladesh and other neighbouring countries. Sadly, few find the assistance they desperately require and instead are forced to survive in huge ‘makeshift camps’ with little or no basic amenities such as food or water. Now, increasing violence and intimidation is forcing the Rohingya to flee once again. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) reports on the appalling living conditions and maltreatment refugees are enduring at the hands of local authorities in Kutupalong makeshift camp, Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh.

MSF report calls for immediate end to violence and increased protection for a highly vulnerable people

Shedding light on the humanitarian crisis in slums

Neglect can be overcome and millions of lives can be saved.

With continued tension and unrest in Rakhine Sate, Myanmar, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is seriously concerned that those people most affected by violence and deep communal divisions are unable to receive medical treatment.  MSF was forced to suspend most of its medical activities in Rakhine State on June 9, 2012  when violence erupted, which put its clinics and staff in danger.