Rohingya refugees are fleeing violence in Myanmar at a staggering rate – and the numbers keep growing.
An estimated 671,000 Rohingya children, women and men have fled to Bangladesh escaping violence in Myanmar since August 25, 2017.
They arrive exhausted, hungry and sick after walking for days through jungles, across mountains and rivers carrying what little they can bring from home. There is an urgent need for emergency shelters and core relief items as more refugees arrive every day.
The stateless Rohingya minority in Myanmar have been described by the United Nations as “the most persecuted people in the world.” The vast majority of Rohingya refugees reaching Bangladesh during this latest crisis are women and children, including newborn babies. Many others are elderly people requiring additional aid and protection.
Camps are at the breaking point, and many refugees are now living outside the camps in makeshift settlements and temporary shelters – often made of nothing more than tarps held on bamboo poles.
As violence in the region continues to escalate, those who flee need protection, shelter, medical care and other lifesaving assistance.
Thanks to supporters, UNHCR is on the ground coordinating a massive refugee response in Bangladesh and leading efforts to provide shelter and care for those displaced.
Since August 2017, 1,500 tons of emergency lifesaving aid have been delivered to Bangladesh – including blankets, plastic sheets, sleeping mats, family tents, plastic rolls, kitchen sets, jerry cans – to assist 250,000 refugees.
Thousands of latrines have been built to protect against public health issues such as diarrhea and a series of shallow and deep tube wells have been constructed to ensure access to clean water.
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