Densely populated Bangladesh faces many challenges, including rising sea levels and frequent cyclones.
Most of Bangladesh’s 144 million people live on less than $2 a day. They depend on agriculture to make a living and feed their families. But the low-lying geography of the country makes it extremely vulnerable to flooding and the effects of climate change.
Food insecurity now means the country has two million malnourished children and the highest rate of underweight children in South Asia. Frequent natural disasters such as floods and cyclones and continuous river erosion cause families to lose their homes and crops.
Bangladesh is also hosting over 500,000 refugees who have fled from violence in Myanmar.
CAFOD in Bangladesh
CAFOD’s local partner, Caritas Bangladesh is responding to the Rohingya Crisis in Bangladesh’s Cox Bazar district. They are providing emergency aid for refugees such as food and kitchen utensils.
Stigma and discrimination against women and the country's large disabled population worsen the levels of extreme poverty. Our partner, Action on Disability and Development brings disabled people together in groups to talk about the problems they are facing and to demand change. Abdur Rahim has faced discrimination because of his disability.
Since I've been involved with the group, I get more respect in the workplace and from the local leaders. It has helped me find a place in the community. I have a dream that I can become a local leader myself, and this will help me to do something for other disabled people."