When violence in Myanmar sparked a mass exodus last August, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya fled for the border. Today, the Kutupalong camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh has become the world’s largest refugee camp, hosting more than 1 million people. WFP USA's M.J. Altman talks to one aid worker who’s been on the ground since the beginning of the crisis—and hears about a new threat that now looms.
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Sunee Singh was one of the first responders when the Rohingya refugee crisis first escalated last summer. As a Programme Policy Officer for the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, she has been on the ground from the very beginning, working with humanitarian colleagues and local partners to respond to what has become one of the world’s biggest and most sudden crises.
Sunee Singh, a WFP Programme Officer in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
“The first few days, for every Rohingya having arrived, it was a situation of despair. I remember the sounds of children crying was more. But now I see children are playing, there are happy faces. So the situation has settled and it’s getting back to normal.
But I would say that that may not last long. Soon the frustrations may arise. Because how long can you be so dependent on aid?”