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Photo credit: Helen Manson

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UPDATE: Monsoon season has hit Cox's Bazar, the world's largest refugee camp. The devastating rains, wind and landslides have affected 47,624 refugees so far, washing away the shelters of more than 4,000 families' and killing two people.

Persecution has seen the Rohingya flee Myanmar as refugees to Bangladesh, where more than 905,000 are living in squalid conditions. As well as enduring food insecurity, trauma, exploitation, and a lack of fuel for heating and cooking, monsoon rains are now displacing thousands more people and increasing the spread of deadly waterborne diseases.
 

"Parts of the camp are knee-deep in mud and water. People are doing their best to get by, though the rains have made a bad situation even worse.”

- Carl Adams, Country Director of our local humanitarian partner.

Did you see us on TV3 News? 

Story 1 - General Overview
Story 2 - Threat of Trafficking
Story 3 - Malnutrition reaches Emergency Levels
Story 4 - Unaccompanied Kids
Story 5 - In depth look at the crisis
  • $10

    ensures a Rohingya refugee in need receives one month’s worth of medicine

  • $18

    covers the cost of a medical appointment at a Health Clinic

  • $65

    provides specialist treatment to cure a mother or child from moderate malnutrition


  • 1,000,000

    More than a million Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh from extreme violence

  • 905,000

    More than 905,000 Rohingya refugees now live in Bangladesh

  • 4,560

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


Will you help Rohingya families?

The Rohingya are considered by the UN 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 905,000 Rohingya are living in the world’s largest refugee settlement in Bangladesh, and more than half of them are children. The urgency of this situation has been exacerbated by the Monsoon season, bringing flooding, landslides and disease.
 

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

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

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:

  • Healthcare for Refugees:  Your donation helps us keep our partner’s Primary Health Clinic open, where refugees can come and access free medical care and treatment. $18 helps cover the cost of ensuring a person can access the clinic and receive assistance from a trained medical professional. $10 helps ensure there is one month’s worth of medicine for a Rohingya refugee in need.
  • Specialised care for malnourished women and children:  $65 helps provide the specialist treatment and support needed to cure a mother or child from moderate malnutrition.
 

“We are distributing emergency shelter kits to families whose shelters are in need of urgent repairs. Our clinics are preparing for an outbreak of waterborne diseases."

Carl Adams, Country Director for our local partner in Bangladesh.

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, vocational skills training and urgently needed psychosocial support to refugee families in Bangladesh.
 

$65 helps provide the specialist treatment and support needed to cure a mother or child from moderate malnutrition.

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Note: All monthly gifts, as well as funds raised that exceed Tearfund’s requirements for this appeal, go to our General Disaster Fund helping other people affected by disaster and conflict around the world.

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 allow us to keep providing urgently needed assistance to the Rohingya people.

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Note: All monthly gifts, as well as funds raised that exceed Tearfund’s requirements for this appeal, go to our General Disaster Fund helping other people affected by disaster and conflict around the world.