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This is a story no child should tell. Yet, it’s an all-too-familiar one in the Bangladesh refugee settlements, where UNICEF is helping Rohingya survivors of what United Nations Human Rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has deemed “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”
With the support of the government and humanitarian partners, refugees have gained access to some basic services in Bangladesh. But they remain highly dependent on short-term aid, and are living in precarious conditions in congested camps, where living conditions are difficult and sometimes dangerous — especially during Bangladesh's long monsoon and cyclone seasons.
Until conditions are in place in Myanmar that would allow Rohingya families to return home with basic rights — safety from violence, citizenship, free movement, health and education — they remain stuck in Bangladesh. Meanwhile, children are unable to follow a formal education curriculum, depriving them of the skills they desperately need to thrive in the future. "The obligation we have as a global society is immense: to give children and young people the world has defined as 'stateless' the education and skills they need to build decent lives for themselves," said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore.
UNICEF is on the ground, working with the government and partners to deliver life-saving services and skills training for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. In 2018, UNICEF and partners: