In humanitarian crises, people affected by the unfolding events need more than physical necessities: they urgently need information. Since the 2004 tsunami in South East Asia, Internews has played a pioneering role in the field of humanitarian communications, working closely with local media and aid agencies to ensure that people affected by disaster have access to timely, reliable information in languages they understand. Internews Humanitarian Information Services (HIS) establish two-way communication channels between local media, aid providers and local people. These feedback loops provide valuable data that reflects the information environment during crisis and response, identifies rumors and misinformation, and provides humanitarians with real time information about gaps and shortcomings in the response.
BBC Media Action, Internews, and Translators Without Borders are working together to collect and collate feedback from communities affected by the Rohingya crisis.
Radio helping to make life bearable for Rohingya refugees in Bangladeshi camp
“Alongside humanitarian services such as the provision of food, shelter, water, protection and healthcare, the provision of information to those in need must be considered a basic component of
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A report from Internews finds that Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh don't feel they have enough information to make good decisions and many say they are unable to communicate with aid providers.
Communities affected by crisis, like the Rohingya in Bangladesh, need information about how to access vital services or reconnect with family.
A recent information needs assessment conducted by Internews with Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh demonstrates that, while important steps are taking place to address the need for information for affected communities