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Reference : V-F-CR-F-02374-N
Date : 08/06/2018
Title : Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh : bamboo sticks and platic bags : trying to stay alive in the monsoon
Duration : 00:05:47
Director : SCHAAF, Anna
Cameraman : unknown
Editor : unknown
Person appearing :
KARIM, Md. Jamshedul (spokesperson, ICRC)
MUNAF, Mohammad Abdul (field officer, ICRC)
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Production company : ICRC
ICRC producer :
Production reference : AV884N
Description : The monsoon is beginning in Bangladesh. In Cox’s Bazar, almost a million people fleeing from violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state are living in fragile shelters. There has been no shortage of political initiatives to fashion a safe return home for these communities from Rakhine that crossed the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, but that is unlikely to happen before this monsoon season. So how will people endure the oncoming monsoon season and potential storms ?
The ICRC is working with the displaced communities, helping them to reinforce their bamboo shelters. The situation is far from ideal, but Ali Hossein knows he must find ways to keep his family safe in this difficult environment.
Landslides are not the only thing Ali is worried about. He relies on food from an ICRC distribution center, and the walk back to his shelter can be difficult. Furthermore, torrential rains could ruin his food supplies.
Hundreds of thousands of people rely on food rations in Cox’s Bazar. Humanitarian aid agencies cannot afford to have vital supplies spoiled by the weather. Neither, of course, can the families who need that food to survive.
Already, the rains have begun. It has become a race against time to reinforce fragile shelters, and to improve basic sanitation. In this environment, health risks are a big worry, especially for parents of young children.
Bamboo sticks, plastic bags, doctors working under the open sky. These are some of the necessary measures for up to a million people living in camps in Cox’s Bazar. But they are not the answer to the underlying problem. Until a political solution is found, the ICRC and other humanitarian agencies will keep putting in the work to help people survive in a most challenging environment.
Original language : International soundtrack
English title : Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh : bamboo sticks and platic bags : trying to stay alive in the monsoon
Colour/B&W : colour
Resolution : 1920 x 1080
Aspect ratio : 16/9
Original material/format : H264
Best material/format available : ProRes 422