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November 02, 2017

Latest updates on the Rohingya refugee crisis

Tents set up at a Rohingya refugee camp

Whole families, young mothers and unaccompanied children walk for days from Myanmar through jungles and mountains or brave dangerous voyages across the water seeking refuge in Bangladesh. 

They are exhausted and in immediate need of assistance — food, shelter and medical assistance. Around the world, people read horrifying accounts of their plight and thousands of Americans have stepped up to help Rohingya refugees with an emergency donation to USA for UNHCR. The current estimates are staggering — 607,000 refugees have fled to Bangladesh since August 25, 2017.

Rohingya family in refugee camp

The UN Refugee Agency is on the frontlines of this crisis, providing critical assistance. Since the beginning of the emergency, the UN Refugee Agency has so far airlifted over 580,000 core relief items, amounting to more than 940 metric tons of aid.

Here are some examples of the assistance that has been delivered so far:

  • 1,671 family tents
  • 105,000 plastic sheets to protect shelters from the weather
  • 29,000 kitchen sets for families to prepare food
  • 142,938 blankets
  • 57,300 jerry cans to transport and use clean water
  • 62,100 mosquito nets
  • 177,675 sleeping mats
  • 43,440 solar lamps
  • Six prefabricated warehouses to distribute materials
  • 50 solar street lights to illuminate and keep camps safe

As more Rohingya refugee arrive, informal settlements have sprung up and UNHCR is rushing to create temporary communal shelters and weatherproof tents. The UN Refugee Agency can only continue and expand assistance operations with donor support — please help today.

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