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The ICRC in Bangladesh

Bishnurampur village, Mymensingh, Bangladesh. Moslem Uddin Sarker is reunited with his mother after 23 years imprisonment.

In Bangladesh, the ICRC seeks to protect and assist people affected by collective and organized armed violence. It promotes awareness and implementation of international humanitarian law (IHL) among authorities, academic institutions, law enforcement agencies and armed forces. The ICRC also focuses on building the capacity of its national partner, the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society.

 Through a worldwide tracing network, the ICRC and the Bangladesh Red Crescent reunite missing people with their families, and facilitate the repatriation of vulnerable Bangladeshi migrants from abroad. The ICRC also works to improve and increase access to physical rehabilitation for the most vulnerable disabled people.  >>Read full overview


Focusing on people in need

Communal tensions, politically motivated violence and other disturbances affect the lives of ordinary Bangladeshis in parts of the country. Together with the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS), the ICRC is working to help people in need. >> Read more

Facts and Figures

ICRC activities between January to June 2014 in Bangladesh:

  • With support from the ICRC, BDRCS started its involvement in two health facilities in Cox’s Bazar district in order to increase and improve medical services for residents and refugees.
  • The needs of more than 850 households, amounting to over 4,700 individuals, victims of political violence in Khulna, Rangpur and Chittagong Divisions, had their immediate needs covered through BDRCS/ICRC distributions of emergency relief and cash grants.
  • With support from the ICRC’s emergency services programme, BDRCS assisted people injured during politically motivated violence; in total, 150 wounded people received first aid, with 25 seriously injured people referred to hospitals.
  • The living conditions of 535 vulnerable foreign detainees in 37 prisons were improved thanks to assistance kits (body and laundry soaps, cloth, towel, shirt, toothpaste etc) provided by BDRCS/ICRC.
  • Some 262 vulnerable people with disabilities received a total of 54 prostheses and 290 orthoses from rehabilitation centres in Dhaka and Chittagong.
  • The ICRC supported the newly commissioned Prosthetics and Orthotics School in Bangladesh, providing scholarships for 13 students.

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