Cox’s Bazar districts registered, since 25 August, a large influx of Rohingya refugees fleeing violence and human rights violations. Not only has the pace of new arrivals made this the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world, the concentration of refugees in Cox’s Bazar is the highest in the world. Moreover, the area is surrounded by local communities with high poverty rates that have been largely impacted by the refugee crisis.
In response, the WFP Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping Unit (VAM) and the Food Security Sector (FSS) have jointly led the Rohingya Emergency Vulnerability Assessment (REVA) to better understand the priority needs of the displaced Rohingya and host communities. ACF, Caritas, Christian Aid, Mukti, Save the Children, and World Vision supported the data collection. The objectives were to assess how many people are food insecure and socio-economically vulnerable, what are their characteristics, and what are the actions required to improve their lives and livelihoods. Partners from all relevant sectors contributed to the assessment design, including food security, nutrition, shelter, health, education and protection. ACF, Caritas, Christian Aid, Mukti, Save the Children, and World Vision supported the data collection. The assessment covered new arrivals since 25 August 2017, unregistered refugees that arrived prior to 25 August 2017, officially registered refugees , as well as local residents in host communities. Geographically, the following locations were covered across Ukhia and Teknaf sub-districts: registered camps, makeshift camps, new extensions, new settlements and host communities. A total of 2,046 households were interviewed, including 432 local resident households in host communities.