Rohingya Emergency Update

31 January 2018

Topics: emergency refugees

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A Rohingya man helps his father cross the border into Bangladesh. The number of people in need of emergency shelter and basic healthcare grows, as families continue to arrive to the camps to escape brutal violence in Myanmar. Credit: Joshua Paul/Christian Aid

When conflict erupted in the Rakhine State, Myanmar in August 2017, Rohingya people were forced from their homes to escape brutal persecution and violence.   In just a few months, more than 655,000 Rohingya people have crossed the border into neighbouring Bangladesh to seek safety. 

Harrowing accounts from Rohingya refugees told of entire villages that were burned down, parents or relatives killed in front of traumatised children, and women and girls who were raped.

Many endured an exhausting journey, walking for days and days to reach the border; others were forced to cross the dangerous Bay of Bengal. Most people arrived to the camps hungry, exhausted and traumatised, with nothing but the clothes on their backs. 

In Bangladesh, people are struggling to survive in extremely poor conditions, lacking access to even the most basic necessities. As the number of people seeking refuge continues to rise, the sheer scale of the need far outweighs Bangladesh’s ability to respond to this crisis alone.Thankfully, you responded quickly and generously to the emergency appeal, and enabled our partners on the ground to reach families with life-saving assistance, including food, water, shelter and medical care.

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A mother and her child escape violence to find refuge in Bangladesh. Thanks to your kind gifts, • families arriving to the camps have been provided with emergency shelters to ensure they feel safe and protected.

Here’s how your gifts are working right now to help families who desperately need it:

You helped to deliver emergency food parcels, including lentils, oil and sugar to families struggling against hunger.
You helped to deliver emergency food parcels, including lentils, oil and sugar to families struggling against hunger.
You helped to deliver emergency food parcels, including lentils, oil and sugar to families struggling against hunger.
Your support helped to provide 9,500 families with blankets and floor mats, to ensure people stay warm as overnight temperatures drop with the onset of winter.