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Massive Fire at World’s Largest Refugee Camp

On Sunday, March 5 a fire started in a Rohingya refugee camp in south-east Bangladesh. The blaze quickly spread within the camp and destroyed 2,000 shelters – leaving 12,000 people displaced. While the inferno has been extinguished; it, nonetheless, annihilated around three dozen mosques and 21 learning centers. The damage was extensive in part because many of the shelters are near one another and are made of bamboo-and-tarpaulin which acted as a fuel for the fire. Surprisingly, no one died as a result of the massive fire. 

What happened in Bangladesh?

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Writing: What challenges do the Rohingya refugees in the camp face?

Debate: What is the best way to achieve peace between the Myanmar government and the Rohingya?

Poll: Should the international community provide more assistance to the Rohingya?

Short Answer: What are the ramifications of the massive fire at the Rohingya refugee camp?

News Quiz


Over the last two years there have been more than 200 fires at the Rohingya refugee camp. (T/F)

Crime in the Rohingya refugee camp is on the decline. (T/F)

According to the UN the Rohingya are the world’s most persecuted people. (T/F)

Multiple Choice

Which of the following groups has the Myanmar government been accused of committing genocide against?

  1. Muslims.
  2. Hindus.
  3. Buddhists.
  4. Christians.

The World Food Program recently reduced food rations to refugees in the Rohingya camp by what percentage?

  1. 12.
  2. 17.
  3. 24.
  4. 26.

All the following are true concerning a fire at a Rohingya refugee camp EXCEPT.

  1. 2,000 shelters were destroyed.
  2. 12,000 people have been displaced.
  3. 1,500 people were killed.
  4. Around three dozen mosques were annihilated.

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