Humanitarian emergencies of Rohingya older people in Bangladesh: A qualitative study on hopes and reality

Khan, Hafiz T.A. ORCID:, Rahman, Mohammed Arifur, Molla, Morshed H., Shahjahan, Mohammad and Abdullah, Rifah B. (2020) Humanitarian emergencies of Rohingya older people in Bangladesh: A qualitative study on hopes and reality. Ageing International. ISSN 0163-5158

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The recent influx of Myanmar Rohingya people are allowed in Bangladesh simply due to humanitarian reason, of which older people are amongst the most vulnerable groups. Utilizing integrated methods, the refugee crisis is being managed jointly by various stakeholders. Young Power in Social Action (YPSA) is an NGO that has been providing support to older Rohingya people in the camps since the crisis began through their Age Friendly Support (AFS) centres. These centres provide basic medical treatment, counselling, education, health and wellbeing services, indoor games, and recreational services/activities. Yet, there have not been any studies to understand the expectations of older Rohingya people living in the camps. Thus, the purpose of this paper is to examine the current YPSA support for older Rohingya people living in the Ukhiya camps and to evaluate their expectations for returning to Myanmar. A pilot survey was conducted on 26th April 2019 in two camp sites and in-depth interviews were also conducted with 4 participants (2 males and 2 females), followed by a focus group discussion. It emerged that older Rohingya people received necessary support services from these YPSA centres and are generally happy with those services. Although they remain grateful to Bangladesh for sheltering them, they are not as happy compared to their lives back in Myanmar. Most of the older people reported that their expectations involved a return to Myanmar as soon as possible as well as seeking justice from the international community so that the Rohingya crisis could soon come to an end.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.1007/s12126-020-09400-y
Additional Information: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Ageing International. The final authenticated version is available online at:
Keywords: Rohingya older people; Humanitarian assistance; AFS; Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
Subjects: Medicine and health > Health promotion and public health
Medicine and health
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Depositing User: Hafiz T.A. Khan
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2020 20:48
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 16:04


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