In late August 2017, violent attacks forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya to flee from Myanmar to Bangladesh, in what quickly became the fastest growing refugee influx the world had seen in decades.
Last August, I began hearing daily reports of violence against the Rohingya people and realized that the most significant thing I could do right now is to raise awareness and funds for the refugees fleeing the crisis.
It's been two years since Rohingya Muslims were forced to flee Myanmar. In recognition of this anniversary, we’re highlighting some of the most important milestones in the Rohingya refugee journey.
Ayesha, Amina and Rashed lost both parents in Myanmar, and were forced to flee in 2017. They are one of many child-headed households in the Rohingya settlements of southeast Bangladesh.
Rohingya refugees were forced to flee their homes in Myanmar to escape horrific violence and persecution — this is one of the largest exodus of refugees witnessed in recent decades.
See the latest images of Rohingya children, women and men fleeing violence. Since August 25, 2017, nearly 600,000 people have been forced from their homes.
In the two minutes it will take you to complete this quiz, 60 people — parents, children, loved ones — will be forced to flee their homes. Test your knowledge about the Rohingya refugee crisis and learn more about how caring Americans are providing much needed humanitarian assistance.
Learn about the Rohingya refugee emergency through an animated map showing their journey to safety. An estimated 647,000 Rohingya children, women and men have been forced to flee to Bangladesh since August 25, 2017.
Since August 25th, 582,000 Rohingya refugees have been forced from their homes by violence. They undertake difficult journeys to find safety in Bangladesh.
The UN Refugee Agency is rushing to help Rohingya refugees weatherproof and strengthen shelters as monsoon season looms in Bangladesh.
Thousands of Americans made emergency donations to USA for UNHCR and rushed assistance to the frontlines of the Rohingya refugee crisis.
Please take a moment and watch UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett share her experience meeting Rohingya refugee families. Witness how donor support is making a lifesaving difference on the ground.
Rohingya refugees were forced to flee their homes in the western region of Myanmar to escape horrific violence and persecution — this is one of the largest exodus of refugees witnessed in recent decades. Since the beginning of the crisis, donors have supported UNHCR and its partners’ efforts to deliver critical assistance when vulnerable families needed it the most. Here are some of the ways donors have helped.
UNHCR is calling for renewed support and solutions for displaced and stateless Rohingya communities both within and outside of Myanmar today.
Approximately 720,000 Rohingya children, women and men have fled to Bangladesh escaping violence in Myanmar since August 25, 2017.
The children are singing in one of the 1,700 learning facilities for Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh. Students receive basic education in math, Burmese, English and, of course, they sing nursery rhymes.
The UN Refugee Agency is working around the clock to help Rohingya refugees — but the needs are enormous and more desperate families arrive every day.
Lifesaving assistance is needed as an estimated 123,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh in the last month alone.
UN Refugee Agency helps thousands of Rohingya refugees move to Kutupalong camp in Bangladesh for better access to humanitarian aid.
Noorul Islam, a Rohingya refugee, works at the Kutupalong bamboo treatment facility providing sustainable building materials for the camp.
Rohingya refugees who have been trained as volunteer lifeguards are saving lives during climate emergencies like monsoons.
There was little time to plan either the location or construction of emergency shelters when the Rohingya first arrived to Bangladesh. Now the focus is to save lives before the rainy season starts by helping refugees build sturdier structures and, where possible, relocate families to more stable ground.
Sahera smiles as she sees green sprouts emerging from the soil. For her, it’s more than just the promise of fresh vegetables for her three children. It’s a reminder of home.
607,000 refugees have fled to Bangladesh since August 25, 2017. Whole families, young mothers and unaccompanied children walk for days through jungles and mountains or brave dangerous voyages across the water.
Desperate, persecuted families continue to arrive by the thousand in Bangladesh. This footage shows the scope of the Rohingya crisis.