Voices of Rohingya women | ActionAid UK

Since the outbreak of violence in August 2017, over 700,000 Rohingya people have fled violence in Myanmar, to seek safety in camps like Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. Most of the refugees are women and children. 

ActionAid are on the ground in Bangladesh, delivering life-saving aid and long-term support. 

We know violence against women and girls increases during all emergencies, especially during displacement and conflict. Even when they reach refugee camps, women and girls are more at risk of forms of violence including mass rape, sexual slavery, forced pregnancy, forced ‘marriages’ and being forced to offer sex in exchange for food or shelter. 

That's why ActionAid takes a women-led, women-centred approach to our work. 

Working closely with women-led committees in the camps, we're supporting over 66,400 Rohingya refugees. Many of these refugees have survived rape and violence, have seen family members killed, and have traveled for many days on foot to seek safety.

Below are some of the stories of the Rohingya women in Bangladesh, told in their own words. 

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Page updated 23 August 2018