A Rohingya girl returns to her tent down the hilly slopes at Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar on March 18. (Photo by Stephan Uttom/ucanews.com)
Flimsy shelters and inadequate space in Bangladeshi refugee camps amid the Covid-19 pandemic have compounded the sufferings of the already beleaguered Rohingya community, a representative of Caritas said."One of the key measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic is social distancing. But if you live in a refugee camp, you don't have the luxury of space to do this," Inmanuel Chayan Biswas, communications officer for Caritas Bangladesh's Rohingya Response Program, said in a June 26 statement.The Caritas program is based in Cox's Bazar, the southern Bangladeshi city hosting hundreds of thousands of refugees who have fled Myanmar to escape a Myanmar military crackdown in Rakhine that began in August 2017.According to Biswas, overcrowded shelters in the Bangladeshi refugee camp mean proper distancing and overall hygienic measures cannot be maintained "to provide the effective prevention against the spread of the coronavirus.""Rohingya people living in Bangladeshi refugee camps are victims four times over," Biswas said. "They are victims of the violent and traumatic uprooting from their homeland in Myanmar; victims of the health emergencies such as dysentery and pox; victims of the repeated climate emergency they face when cyclones batter Bangladesh. And now they are also victims of the global pandemic, which is bearing down on Bangladesh."