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…
15 November 2023

Ready before storm: Six-year-old Ariz survived cyclone Hamoon

Cyclone Hamoon swept through the coastal belt of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, affecting both Rohingya refugee and host communities in its path. Ariz, a six-year-old Rohingya refugee living in the camps in Cox’s Bazar, was playing outside his family’s makeshift shelter when the storm began. The wind was blowing much stronger than he was used to, which…, Imminent danger, His parents, however, knew the storm was coming and knew the danger that came with it. Cyclone preparedness and awareness exercises were conducted regularly by UNICEF and partners in the camps, in anticipation of emergencies such as Hamoon Cyclone. Upon feeling the stronger wind speed, Ariz’s mother, Nur, quickly brought him back inside where it…, Ready before disaster, Within minutes, they had arrived at the nearest UNICEF-supported learning centre, where Ariz was a learner in first grade. The learning centre staff opened their doors, helped them prepare the space for shelter and the family remained there for the rest of the night. Ariz and his family the morning after the cyclone, sheltering in a UNICEF-…, Returning to his learning centre, Rohingya refugee children like Ariz and their families rely entirely on humanitarian assistance for food, water, health, nutrition, education and protection. Not just in this cyclone emergency, but for as long as they cannot return to their homes. Ariz’s family is now getting the support they need from camp authorities to repair their shelter,…
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. UN0215019.jpg, 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 UN0284149.jpg, 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…