Stories from the field
- Rohingya Emergency Update
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.
Here’s how your gifts are working right now to help families who desperately need it: