12 June 2024

From bystander to changemaker: Anayet's journey as an adolescent peer leader

When Anayet first set foot in the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, the struggle was immediate. At only nine, he was tasked with the daily, demanding ritual of gathering firewood and water for makeshift cooking for his family. As time passed, his responsibilities grew, and he found himself hauling gas cylinders, rice sacks and bamboo stalks…, Transformation Through Education, For Anayet, hope for change came three years ago in the form of case worker Salauddin, who saw him working in the camps. Salauddin visited Anayet’s home and convinced his father to send him to the multi-purpose centre, where he could learn vocational skills for his future and join an adolescent club to learn life skills. The multi-purpose centres…, A Ripple Effect of Change, Anayet walks through the refugee camp with case worker Salauddin. 03Anayet From bystander to changemaker, Anayet walks through the refugee camp with case worker Salauddin., UNICEF/UNI517321/Sujan Anayet and case worker Salauddin speak with a family during a home visit in the refugee camp. 04Anayet From bystander to changemaker, Anayet and case worker Salauddin speak with a family during a home visit in the refugee camp., UNICEF/UNI517314/Sujan Anayet walks through the refugee camp with case worker Salauddin. Anayet and case worker Salauddin speak with a family during a home visit in the refugee camp. Soon after joining the adolescent club at the multi-purpose centre at 13, Anayet witnessed child abuse and neglect close to home. "Our neighbour's 10-year-old…
08 April 2024

Women take charge of their own destinies in Cox’s Bazar

“When my husband passed away [in early 2020], no one came to support me and my family,” recalls Sabina, a 26-year-old mother living in Teknaf, Cox’s Bazar District. “I lived with my in-laws for some time. But I did not want to burden them, so I left with my daughter and came to Teknaf to live with my mother and sister.” Left with the…, Sabina shares her story of survival and opening her tailoring business, which she runs from her home., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Sujan Sabina shares her story of survival and opening her tailoring business, which she runs from her home., Sabina shares her story of survival and opening her tailoring business, which she runs from her home., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Sujan Sabina shares her story of survival and opening her tailoring business, which she runs from her home. Sabina shares her story of survival and opening her tailoring business, which she runs from her home., A Brighter Future, After Sabina learned about Cash Plus during a home visit, she enrolled in the project and opted for tailoring. Several months later, she underwent a month-long training that marked a turning point in her life. “Now, I can earn BDT 4,000-6,000 every month,” Sabina explains. “I use my income to buy household items and fulfil my family’s daily…, Sabina with her mother, sister Amina,12, and daughter Tanisha, 3., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Sujan Sabina and her neighbour Ayesha, another beneficiary of the project, work on orders from customers., Sabina and her neighbour Ayesha, another beneficiary of the project, work on orders from customers., UNICEF Bangladesh/2023/Sujan Sabina with her mother, sister Amina,12, and daughter Tanisha, 3. Sabina and her neighbour Ayesha, another beneficiary of the project, work on orders from customers. No longer constrained by financial limitations, Sabina reflects on her transformative impact. Her economic situation has improved, affording her the…
22 November 2023

World Children's Day: Inspiring young artists on the climate crisis

As the world commemorates World Children's Day, UNICEF and partners organized a two-day arts and crafts workshop for children living in the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, in a bid to raise awareness and empower young minds.  The workshop aimed to engage and educate children between the ages of 9 and 15, creating a space for the young minds…, Unveiling the Canvas of Concern , The workshop’s initial day laid the foundation for a creative exploration of climate crisis. The session commenced by introducing young participants to the critical connection between climate change and their rights as children. Through interactive discussions and exercises, the dense subject matter was broken down into digestible concepts for…, From Sketches to Solutions , On the second day, the children returned to find their artworks waiting, eagerly anticipating the vibrant hues that would bring them to life. The workshop transformed into a kaleidoscope of colours as the young artists meticulously filled their sketches, each stroke echoing a collective call for environmental action.  15-year-old Towhid UNICEF…, Planting Seeds of Change , The children participating in the workshop were left with new knowledge on how to implement their own artistic skills but also a heightened awareness of our collective role in safeguarding the planet.  By sowing the seeds of environmental stewardship, the workshop nurtured a generation to observe the climate crisis not merely as a threat to our…
21 August 2023

Six years of a crisis

2017, As violence flared in Myanmar in late August, hundreds of thousands of terrified Rohingya fled across the border to Bangladesh in search of safety. Leaving behind their homes, their belongings, their communities, some made the journey in crowded fishing boats, braving the rough waters of the Bay of Bengal. Rohingya children and families Rohingya…, 2018, By the first week of January, an estimated 720,000 people had arrived in Bangladesh since the August influx began and were in need of humanitarian assistance. Having arrived virtually empty-handed, Rohingya families depended on handouts of water, food and other basic assistance. The risk of disease outbreaks loomed. Children were also exposed to…, Rohingya children paint a mural as part of a public art exchange a UNICEF-supported Child Friendly Space in Cox’s Bazar., UNICEF/UN0213498/Sokol Rohingya children learnt at Learning Centre., Rohingya refugee children play in a Child Friendly Space in Balukhali camp, Cox’s Bazar., UNICEF/UN0215019/Sokol Rohingya children painted on the wall. Bangladesh Rohingya children learnt at Learning Centre., 2019, During emergencies, children lose their loved ones and homes. They lose access to safe drinking water, health care and food. They lose safety and routine. And, without access to education, they risk losing their futures. From the very beginning of the refugee crisis, the importance of getting hundreds of thousands of newly-arrived children into…, A girl receives training at a shop in Ukhiya in Court Bazar, in Cox’s Bazar district., UNICEF/UN0284148/LeMoyne Rohingya adolescent boys attending the vocational training programme. Bangladesh, Teenage boys receive instruction in woodcrafting in a shop in in Court Bazar, Cox’s Bazar district., UNICEF/UN0284149/LeMoyne Rohingya adolescent girls attending vocational training programme. Bangladesh Rohingya adolescent boys attending the vocational training programme. Bangladesh, 2020, Many Rohingya refugees live in flimsy bamboo and tarpaulin shelters where the dangers of everyday life remain all too real, including the high risk of the spread of infectious diseases. As COVID-19 spread, communities across the globe took precautions to help keep families safe, including by practicing physical distancing. But in the cramped…, 2021, COVID-19 compounded an already bleak education situation for Rohingya – many Rohingya children lacked access to education in Myanmar and prior learning levels were therefore alarmingly low. With learning centres still shut as COVID-19 cases around the country surged, UNICEF continued to support caregiver led education at home. In January 2021,…, 2022, Rohingya children’s education – and hope for the future – saw a further breakthrough in May, when the 10,000 th child was enrolled to receive their education based on the national curriculum of their home country, Myanmar. The Myanmar Curriculum Pilot, launched by UNICEF and partners at the end of 2021, is a critical step forward towards ensuring…, 2023, As the Rohingya crisis entered a new year, many of the challenges confronting refugee children and their families were all too familiar. In March, thousands of refugees lost their homes as a fire raged. After fleeing their country and taking refuge, 12,000 refugees were once more left homeless. In March, thousands of refugees lost their homes as a…