Around 919,000 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 generosity over the past year, we’ve been supporting communities displaced by violence in Rakhine State as well as host communities in Cox’s Bazar, where the camps are located.
You’ve helped us raise nearly £9 million. Our local partners are on the ground, providing food, clean water, dignity kits and shelter to communities. And since the pre-monsoon season began in April 2018, we’ve also been supporting communities to strengthen their homes against high winds and heavy rain.
Yet thousands of people are still in need. With your support today, we could do so much more.
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Cox’s Bazar: August 2018 update
- Pre-monsoon rains began in April 2018, which has brought flooding, landslides, waterlogging and outbreaks of disease.
- In Jamtoli camp, we are working with communities to prepare for the monsoon and cyclone season.
- We’ve given 15,500 Rohingya households shelter upgrade kits and training to strengthen their homes to withstand high winds and heavy rains.
- We’ve relocated 319 households whose shelters were identified as at risk from flooding or landslides.
- 508 community volunteers are receiving training in first aid, search and rescue, firefighting, early warning, psycho-social support, and safety.
- 96% of Jamtoli residents have received cholera vaccinations (thanks to the Bangladesh Ministry of Health and Family Welfare).
Christian Aid’s response so far
From September 2017 to August 2018:
- 138,084 people received health care consultations.
- 9,500 families received blankets.
- 67,000 children received winter clothing.
- 10,539 families received supplementary food packages, containing rice, lentils, oil, salt and sugar.
- 8 women and child-friendly spaces established for safe learning, psycho-social counselling, and awareness sessions.
Amanda Mukwashi visits Rohingya refugees
Christian Aid's chief executive, Amanda Mukwashi, recently visited Jamtoli refugee camp in June 2018. Watch the short film below to see the difference your support is making.
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.'
What's happening 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.
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