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The recent violence in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State has led to mass population displacement both within the country and across the border into Bangladesh.

Hundreds of thousands of people have found refuge in makeshift settlements in the area of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, where they live in extremely precarious and deteriorating conditions.

Working with local and international partners, the World Food Programme (WFP) is providing assistance for people arriving in Bangladesh from Myanmar.  Upon arrival, people receive high energy biscuits. Once settled, they receive fortnightly rations of 25 kg of rice – calculated for a family of five.

WFP is especially concerned about the health of women and children arriving hungry and malnourished after days on the move, and is providing nutritional support.

WFP’s aid activities in Myanmar have been severely disrupted.  

More than half a million
refugees from Myanmar have received rice at least once from WFP in Bangladesh
US$ 80 million
is required to feed new arrivals and people already settled in camps

What WFP is doing to help refugees from Myanmar in Bangladesh

  • Food assistance

    As of 6 October, 580 ,000 people have received rice at least once from WFP and are registered to receive fortnightly rations.

  • Nutrition

    WFP is providing fortified wheat-soya blend to make porridge to all families with young children, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers as they come to pick up their rice rations.