August 25, 2022

Fiona McLysaght, Bangladesh Country Director for Concern Worldwide, spoke with CBS News journalist Arshad Zargar about the current state of the Rohingya Refuge Crisis 5 years later.

Today marks the 5th year since the start of the Rohingya Refugee Crisis. Despite being one of the largest refugee crises today — it has remained largely absent from headlines since the initial attacks in 2017 forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people to flee their homes.

Fiona McLysaght, Bangladesh Country Director for Concern Worldwide, spoke with CBS News journalist, Arshad Zargar, about the current state of the crisis – which has only deteriorated.

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Concern is one of over 100 non-governmental organizations — both local and international — responding to the influx of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Because we have been in Bangladesh for 50 years, had former staff members in the area, and had worked on previous projects there (including with Rohingya refugees as early as 1991), we were one of the first organizations to respond to the crisis.

Last year alone, our work included:

  • Preparing and delivering hot meals for over 32,000 people
  • Responding to a March 2021 fire in Cox’s Bazar, delivering in that time:
    • Nearly 118,000 hot meals
    • 13,920 food packages
    • Culturally-appropriate clothing donations for nearly 7,000 women
    • Psychosocial first aid services for over 1,200 people
  • Screening approximately 35,000 children and pregnant/lactating women each month for malnutrition and providing treatment where needed
  • Developing a “Mother Care Group” model for caregivers of children under 5 that focuses on improving maternal and child health, reaching over 108,000 (both Rohingya refugees and host community members)
  • Providing the training and supplies for homestead gardening to over 10,950 Mother Care Group members


If you would like to speak to a member of our team about any aspect of our work, please get in touch with us using the details below.

Media Contact: Candance Patel-Taylor, Vice President of Communications at [email protected] or 212-557-8000.