This is one of the most sudden and intense humanitarian crises in history. Since late August 2017, over 436,000 Rohingya people have fled violence in the Rakhine State in Myanmar. They’ve come to neighbouring Bangladesh – a country ill-equipped to cope. Two thirds are women, and more people are fleeing every day.
Families with young children have trekked through difficult terrain in monsoon weather. Women in particular have suffered gender-based violence along the way. Others have arrived on the Bangladesh coast after dangerous boat journeys. Thousands of children are traumatised, and many are alone after being separated from their parents in the chaos.
Women and children are vulnerable
Most of the Rohingya people are living in overcrowded and unhygienic makeshift camps and shelters in southern Bangladesh, close to the Myanmar border. They don’t have running water or toilet facilities. This means:
- Women are waiting until dark to defecate in privacy, and this exposes them to abuse and violence
- Adolescent girls and women have no means of maintaining menstrual hygiene
- With no sanitation and hygiene, life-threatening diseases like diarrhoea can strike.
Children are at risk, and urgently need safe places where they are protected from the abuse and exploitation that often occurs in these crises. They’re also missing out on their education, and with that a chance to break out of poverty.
How you can help
The scale of this humanitarian crisis is enormous and unlikely to be resolved quickly. We are working hard to help children and families recover and respond both now and in the long term. Your donation will help:
- Create safe spaces where women and children can be protected from violence, exploitation and neglect.
- Construct sanitation facilities to halt the spread of disease and give women safe and dignified toilets.
- Identify unaccompanied and separated children.
These children need a safe place to play and learn