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

Plan International, Save the Children and World Vision International

This report presents the results of a consultation - organised by Plan International, Save the Children and World Vision International - which surveyed children in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh from refugee communities (who identify themselves as Rohingya) and children from host communities. The findings from the children’s consultation are presented in two ways. Part I is a fictional account written from children’s perspectives and takes the reader through a day in the life of children in the camps, touching on their day-to-day activities and experiences. This narrative is based on the children’s testimonies and key findings that form Part II of the report, which presents the consolidated analysis from the children’s consultation exercise. 

The report discusses the particular vulnerability of unaccompanied Rohingya child refugees in Bangladesh and highlights the common fears, challenges, and concerns expressed by refugee and host community children and mothers. According to the report, "Mothers said that children are also afraid of getting lost in the camps and that they are sometimes unable to find their way back home. Especially for unaccompanied and separated children, this is a major risk. By the end of December 2017, the total number of unaccompanied and separated children was reported to be 2,689. Many children have come into Bangladesh unaccompanied, some were kidnapped from their families, some lost their parents or caregivers in the mazes of the camps, and others became lost in the dark."