John Durcan was deployed from Ireland’s Rapid Response Corps in 2017 to work with the World Food Programme (WFP) as an information management expert to assist the Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
John Durcan with colleagues in Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh
Irish Aid is committed to supporting the estimated 700,000 Rohingya who have fled from the Rakhine state in Myanmar. The Rohingya are currently experiencing one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. As an ethnic minority, they have been subjected to violence in Myanmar and have been forced to flee. They are now heavily reliant on humanitarian assistance such as food and other life-saving needs, having crossed the border to seek refuge in Bangladesh.
Irelands Rapid Response Corps provides experts where there is short term skills gap within the UN in order to strengthen their response to a humanitarian emergency. As an information management expert, John co-ordinated the distribution of food for the World Food Programme within the refugee camps, and also developed maps, information that is critical to humanitarian organisations on the ground to ensure the efficient delivery of humanitarian aid, with so many inhabitants.
The diligence of Rapid Responders such as John is crucial to Ireland’s response to complex humanitarian crises in Myanmar and Bangladesh, and other emergencies around the world.
The camp where John was working in Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh