Childhood Interrupted: Children’s Voices from the Rohingya Refugee Crisis

At least 688,000 refugees have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state, following an extreme escalation of violence, and have sought safety in neighbouring Bangladesh. More than half of them are under 18. Childhood Interrupted reports the views, hopes and desires of children affected by the Rohingya crisis. This qualitative research was conducted in partnership with World Vision International and Save the Children. The research centred on gender and age specific focus group discussions, as well as focus group discussions with mothers and married girls. Girls of all ages reported distinct protection concerns, including sexual violence, harassment and assault, and trafficking, related to such activities as bathing, firewood and water collection, going outside their tents to play, and accessing education. Adolescent girls in particular reported enormous mobility constraints that provided additional barriers to access to information and services, included much needed healthcare services such as sexual and reproductive healthcare.

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