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Photo credit: Helen Manson

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Violence and abuse has seen 800,000 Rohingya families flee their homes.

UPDATE: Now the Monsoon rains are creating a fresh Crisis!  The rains have arrived and many Rohingya families are in danger from rising floodwaters, disease, and lack of shelter.

It is "a crisis within a crisis" The Rohingya have faced so much already as survivors of massive human rights abuses.

Will you help Rohingya families?

The Rohingya are considered to be the largest group of stateless people in the world and among the most persecuted. Since August 2017, increased violence against the Rohingya has forced thousands of families to flee Myanmar into neighbouring Bangladesh. These refugees are now living in overcrowded settlements, and are in desperate need of assistance.

More than 800,000 Rohingya are living in the world’s largest refugee settlement in Bangladesh. The urgency of this situation is exacerbated by the Monsoon season, bringing flooding, landslides and disease.

*World Health Organisation: Bangladesh

  • $20

    helps to provide literary training for one Rohingya teenager

  • $25

    will help reinforce shelters

  • $43

    helps to train one person in Psychosocial First Aid

  • $137

    helps to run a Child Friendly Space for approximately 200 children, providing the salary of workers for one month

  • 688,000

    The number of Rohingya refugees who have fled to Bangladesh since August 2017

  • 900,377

    The total number of Rohingya refugees now living in Bangladesh

  • 4,560

    Tearfund's partners have already distributed emergency shelter and hygiene kits to 4,560 Rohingya households

How you can help

The Rohingya people have had their villages destroyed and have been forced to flee their homeland. They are now living in desperate conditions. Please donate and help Tearfund's partners deliver:

  • Hygiene education: $5 can educate one person on safe hygiene practices to help prevent large-scale disease outbreaks.
  • Monsoon assistance:  $25 can provide materials to strengthen shelters.
  • Trauma Counselling: $43 helps to train someone in psychosocial first aid so they can help people suffering trauma.
  • Child Friendly Spaces:  $1333 can help to set up and run a child friendly space for one month to protect children from abuse.
  • Youth Clubs: $3500 can help set up and run a youth club for six months to offer young people some dignity and hope for the future by providing education and sports activities. 

“There is a grave humanitarian crisis underway that requires urgent attention.”

Marzuki Darusman, the Chairperson of the Independent International Fact-finding Mission on Myanmar.

Children carry water up a dusty hillside amongst cramped temporary shelters. Photo credit: Helen Manson

Photo Credit: Helen Manson

"I feel so alone, he was my whole life"

“He was my whole life. We were just teenagers when we got married. I really miss him at night. That’s when I feel the most insecure. I feel so alone, I am a single older woman. I don’t have anyone. I miss our lifestyle. He was a day labourer and I would cook and clean for him. Then one day when I was at home, I heard gunshots. I saw with my own eyes as the soldiers shot my husband three times in the chest. I started to run to help him and the soldiers turned their guns on me. Their bullets hit my goat and killed it and I escaped with my life. I turned back to see them light my house on fire.” 

Tearfund's partners are here providing emergency relief, child friendly spaces and urgently needed psychosocial support to refugee families in Bangladesh.

Plus, every dollar you give will be doubled! All donations Tearfund receives will be matched dollar for dollar by the New Zealand Aid Programme until we meet our fundraising target.


Note: If funds raised exceed Tearfund’s requirements for this appeal, your gift will go to our General Disaster Fund for future disaster response and preparedness.

Families have been torn apart by tragedy

Photos by Christena Dowsett

Meet Hamida

Hamida, 27, sits in a room full of women whose husbands were killed while fleeing persecution in Myanmar. Hamida carried one child on her hip, one on her back, and made her five-year-old walk 10 days to reach Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh.

“If I could go to the grave and be born again, I could never forget what happened to us,” Hamida said. "I would give half the world away to have my husband back. I’m thinking of the future. We don’t have enough food. We had to leave everything behind."

Tearfund's partners are on the ground now helping people like Hamida. By giving today your donation will double thanks to NZ Govt matching funds.