More than 850,000 refugees are stuck in camps on the border of Bangladesh, in what is now the fastest-growing refugee crisis in the world.
Escalating violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State in late August 2017 forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, including many Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh, fearing for their lives. Many remain displaced in Myanmar.
Those who fled walked for miles, and for days on end, some with newborn babies. Conditions in the camps are incredibly difficult. With limited medical facilities, people are sick and at risk of serious disease.
Thanks to your support, we’ve reached 12,819 people with essential healthcare. Our local partners are on the ground, providing urgent shelter kits and ensuring access to safe water and sanitation. You’ve helped us raise more than £1.4m, but with further support, we could do so much more.
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Humaira’s husband and father were killed by gunfire in Myanmar. Living amid horrifying violence, at nine months pregnant, you can imagine Humaira's mounting concern for her unborn baby. She quickly fled her village with her three young children and mother in search of safety.
The family endured an exhausting journey, walking for many days. Eventually they reached Bangladesh where they took refuge in a camp. When we met her, she was carrying a tarpaulin sheet, but with limited space in the camp, she couldn't find a patch of land to set up a small shelter.
As you can see pictured, Humaira’s baby has since been born. Caring for a newborn baby alone is challenging enough, but the added stress of doing so in a cramped refugee camp, with three young children and an elderly mother, is unthinkable.
We are determined to help mothers and vulnerable people like Humaira with essential supplies to survive through these conditions. Please donate to our Rohingya Crisis Appeal now.
The situation in Myanmar
Horrific violence persists in Myanmar, with entire villages burned. Neighbourhoods have become like ghost towns.
Many displaced people from northern Rakhine remain in the country, surviving in camps. Supplies are dwindling. Families are in desperate need of food supplies, clean water and medical care. The situation has worsened with recent flooding affecting makeshift camps and forcing people to move to other areas.
The Bangladesh Government and aid agencies are struggling to cope with the rising needs. Humanitarian agencies are struggling to access people in need in Myanmar.
We need to act now. Please donate to our Rohingya Crisis Appeal today to help all communities displaced.
Footage from Bangladesh
The Core Humanitarian Standard
The Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) Alliance have put Christian Aid in the spotlight. This is in recognition of the fantastic work being done to strengthen accountability across the organisation and with our partner Gana Unnayan Kendra (GUK) who are actively involved in the Rohingya response. Read more
Here Paul Valentin, Christian Aid’s International Director, talks about the importance of the Core Humanitarian Standard, working with communities, respecting those communities and putting survivors in the driving seat.
Cox’s Bazar: April 2018 update
- 15,500 Rohingya households receive shelter upgrade kits to strengthen homes to withstand high winds & heavy rains.
- Rain began in Jamtoli on April 19. Planning for the monsoon & cyclone season is focused on increased community resilience, risk mitigation, & prepositioning supplies.
- With support from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Christian Aid is distributing shelter kits & technical training across 4 camps/areas. Equipped with training & materials, community households will strengthen their own shelters.
- 3,000 vulnerable households (persons with disabilities, women-led households) will receive support.
Christian Aid’s response so far
From September 2017 to April 2018:
- 71,971 people received health care support.
- 9,500 families received blankets.
- 480 families received tents, and 12,400 received shelter kits.
- 6,700 children, 10,000 babies & 5,000 mothers received winter clothing.
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How we’re responding
Through our Rohingya Crisis Appeal, we will help all communities displaced by violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, and Rohingya refugees who have crossed the border into Bangladesh.
In Bangladesh, we are sending £40,000 to our local partners to provide food, clean water and sanitation support to 23,000 people, and to support healthcare.
We need to scale up our response. We need to raise as much as we can to reach more vulnerable displaced people in Bangladesh and Myanmar.
We’ve been working through local partners this year to support all communities displaced by violence in Rakhine State.
Permission to work in refugee camps in Bangladesh has until now been limited to a handful of NGOs, but authorities in Bangladesh are now willing to accept further support. We are working with authorities in both countries to secure permission to work with affected groups.
Halima Sudia stands beside a newly constructed latrine in Jamtoli camp, which was built by Christian Aid and our local partners.
Our partner Gana Unnayan Kendra (GUK) has also established safe spaces for women to meet in public after concerns were raised over safety and protection for women refugees in Jamtoli camp. Men are not allowed in these spaces and they have proved popular among women. Halima believes they offer a place of refuge in the camp:
'We are happy to be here and learn things from GUK. We feel good in the women's spaces compared to being at home. We can't talk with other women at home. Here, we can meet other women and learn from each other.'