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Price hikes and jobs: How NGOs affect the economy in Cox’s Bazar

Local Bangladeshis in host communities near Rohingya camps complain of rise in cost of living but others see benefits.

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A fruit and vegetable stall on the main street in Ukhiya [Sorin Furcoi/ Al Jazeera]

Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh – A wide variety of conspicuous acronyms greets the eye, stamped anywhere from road signs and large tent warehouses to weathered buildings and newer structures with corrugated tin roofs.

These block letters belong to the 144 local and international NGOs that have sprung up in Ukhiya sub-district – some 40km from Cox’s Bazar – since last August, when hundreds of thousands of Rohingya fled to Bangladesh to escape an army crackdown in neighbouring Myanmar‘s Rakhine state.

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