Rohingya refugees are fleeing Myanmar at a staggering rate.
UNHCR is on the ground in Bangladesh aiding Rohingya refugees, but resources are stretched too thin. Your gift will offer hope for a safe future.
The UN Refugee Agency has been working with partners in support of the Bangladeshi government to ensure an adequate response to the growing humanitarian needs and the protection of Rohingya refugees. Some of UNHCR’s activities in the field include the registration of more than 850,000 Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, the distribution of shelter and lifesaving relief items -such as blankets, plastic sheets, sleeping mats, kitchen sets and jerry cans - as well as as supporting the construction of water and sanitation facilities. Education, healthcare and activities to prevent sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) have also been a key priority to UNHCR.
During the monsoon season, which falls from June to October each year, UNHCR supports activities to mitigate the effects of the torrential rains, which include helping refugees reinforce their shelters, relocating those who are in dangerous locations and conducting improvements to drainage systems and slope stabilization work.
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Portrait of Rohingya family sitting inside their shelter in Kutupalong refugee camp, Bangladesh
The vast majority of Rohingya refugees have found refuge in camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Approximately 75 percent of refugees arrived in 2017, joining another 200,000 who had fled Myanmar in previous years.
Rohingya communities estimate that up to three-quarters of the Rohingya people are living outside of Myanmar, and of those who remain in Myanmar, approximately 142,000 are internally displaced (IDP) and confined to closed IDP camps.
Kutupalong refugee settlement includes approximately 26 subcamps, which host more than 880,000 Rohingya refugees. 52 percent of refugees are women and children.
9,500 shelters and 1600 vital services facilities were destroyed in the massive fire that broke out in the Kutupalong refugee camp on March 22, 2021.
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