ROME – It was on 25 August a year ago that the huge exodus from Myanmar of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees began. There are now nearly a million Rohingyas living in camps in and around Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh - the largest concentration of refugees in the world. For their survival, they are totally reliant on humanitarian organisations including the World Food Programme (WFP), and on the government and people of Bangladesh.
To maintain focus on the plight of the Rohingyas who are now facing the onslaught of monsoon rains, WFP is offering video footage and photographs from the camps where we provide life-saving food assistance as well as opportunities for interviews with WFP personnel on the front line of this critically underfunded humanitarian crisis.
Still photos: https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/5OPhyGXyDg
Please contact us if you would like to interview any of the following: WFP Emergency Coordinator Peter Guest and WFP Communications Officer Shelley Thakral, at Cox’s Bazar; and WFP’s Deputy Country Director in Bangladesh, Dipayan Bhattacharyya, who was present at the start of the crisis.
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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@example.org):
Shelley Thakral, WFP/Cox’s Bazar, Tel. +8801755642150
Joseph McHugh, Bangkok, Tel. +66 (0)26593102, Mob. +66 615758027
Francis Mwanza, WFP/London, Tel. +44 (0)20 3857 7411, Mob. +44 (0)7968 008474
Challiss McDonough, WFP/Washington, Tel. +1-202-653-1149, Mob. +1-202-774-4026
Steve Taravella, WFP/New York, Tel. +1-646-556-6909, Mob. +1-202-770-5993