Coronavirus arrival heralds catastrophe for Rohingya and Bangladesh


In mid-May two people living in or adjacent to the world’s largest refugee settlement, the Rohingya camps in southern Bangladesh, tested positive for COVID-19, leading aid workers to fear catastrophic effects on both the Rohingya themselves and Bangladesh in general. By the end of May another 132 cases had been reported at the wider district level in Cox’s Bazaar. Social distancing is impossible in the camps, which house 900,000 refugees in dense conditions, many without running water.

Writer: Michael Sulilvan; UOSSM
Publication: NPR; Reliefweb