The Rohingya Crisis is now in its fifth year with no end in sight. While the international community has supported the displaced Rohingyas in Bangladesh by providing humanitarian assistance, what is needed now is to investigate the short-and long-term implications of the crisis from the host country's perspective. Also, it is imperative to examine the current political situation, which was caused by the Myanmar military coup in February 2021. It has cast a dark shadow on the possibility of a negotiated repatriation. In this volume, scholars from Bangladesh and Canada have reflected upon the security situation, the pandemic’s impact on the Rohingyas, inter-group conflict, environmental impact and burden sharing aspects, the informal labor situation, NGO intervention for resilience mapping, and diaspora activities. For both academics and policymakers who work in the fields of conflict resolution and peacebuilding, this book will show how not intervening early in a crisis can have long-term consequences.
Kawser Ahmed is adjunct professor of political science at the University of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Helal Mohiuddin is professor of sociology at the North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Part I: Rohingya Diaspora Activism, Conflict Intervention, and Security
Chapter 1: Are Forcibly Displaced Rohingyas a National Security Threat to Bangladesh? A Perspective by Kawser Ahmed
Chapter 2: Intra-Group Conflict Among Rohingya Displaced People in Bangladesh by Rafiqul Islam, Muhammad Mazedul Haque, and Umme Wara
Chapter 3: Rohingya Crisis is Turning into a Protracted Refugee Challenge by Abdullah Yusuf, Roberta Dumitriu, and Mehdi Chowdhury
Chapter 4: The Rohingya Diaspora in Canada: Activiste Sans Frontiere by Kawser Ahmed
Part II: COVID-19, Its Impact on Rohingyas and Host Country Predicaments
Chapter 5: The Rohingyas during COVID-19: Belief System, Governance, and Future Policy by Nurul Huda Sakib and Bulbul Siddiqi
Chapter 6: The “Dynamic Duo” of Stigmatization: Impacts of COVID-19 on the Rohingya and Host Communities by Kawser Ahmed
Chapter 7: COVID-19 and Informal Labor: What are the Impacts on the Rohingyas and the Host Communities in Bangladesh? by Faria Ahmed and Nurul Huda Sakib
Chapter 8: An NGO Intervention Outlook Toward Rohingya Female Adolescents’ “Participatory Resilience Mapping” by Helal Mohiuddin
Chapter 9: Cost of Burden Sharing: The Socio-Environmental Impacts of the Rohingya Displacement in Bangladesh by Nahreen I. Khan and Kawser Ahmed
Conclusion by Kawser Ahmed and Helal Mohiuddin
Amidst a world of human suffering, this volume reminds of the ongoing challenges and complexities of the Rohingya refugee crisis. It offers essential up-to-date research for academics, represents a critical resource for international policy analysts, and signals difficult moral questions for educators of global citizenship.