Women in Rohingya camps face an epidemic of gender based violence

The world’s largest refugee camp is no haven for women and girls. Previously viewed as a safe place of refuge from persecution in Myanmar, Rohingya women and girls face daily risks of violence and abuse. 

The Rohingya camps braced for, were hit, and have largely recovered from the Covid-19 pandemic. 

However, a pre-existing epidemic of gender-based violence (GBV) remains, silently permeating the tarpaulin households and bamboo structures of the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh. 

“All girls are scared living in the camp. We don’t feel safe to go to school, to the tube-well, to visit anyone outside of the house, to go anywhere,” said Mehirma, a woman who lives in the camps. “Here there is no one to protect us. If anything bad happens, we are on our own.”

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