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Domestic abuse cases rise in rohingya camp during pandemic


Cox Gazette | Online Desk June 14, 2020, 11:26 PM Domestic  abuse cases rise in rohingya camp during pandemic

Aid workers in Bangladesh’s sprawling Rohingya refugee camps have called for the reopening of women’s protection services over fears that domestic violence is on the rise during a strict pandemic lockdown.

The world’s largest refugee camp has been under severe quarantine measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 - with its almost 860,000 Rohingya inhabitants confined largely to their tiny homes – since the confirmation of the first case last month.

The closure of women’s drop-in centers, and failure to designate all gender-based violence prevention and response programs as ‘essential services’ meant that women and girls were being denied vital avenues to seek help, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) said on Thursday.

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