Myanmar-Bangladesh Refugee Crisis

World Vision is responding to the urgent needs of thousands of refugees, most of whom identify as Rohingya, who've fled to Bangladesh to escape violence in Myanmar's Rakhine State.

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Latest reports indicate that more than 500,000 people (most of whom identify as Rohingya) have crossed into the Cox's Bazar area of south-eastern Bangladesh since conflict broke out in Rakhine State in western Myanmar in late August 2017.

This is in addition to more than 200,000 refugees from Myanmar already sheltering in the area before the latest outbreak of violence.

Host communities are absorbing new arrivals and providing whatever they can in the way of shelter and food assistance. Many refugees are still on the move, taking shelter along roadsides or in makeshift settlements. Monsoon rains are making conditions for the refugees even more difficult. 

Most new arrivals need urgent food assistance, with more than 90 percent eating only one meal a day, primarily rice with salt.

World Vision's response

So far, we have distributed emergency food packages to more than 65,000 refugees living in makeshift settlements in the Ukhia sub-district in Cox's Bazar. These food packages contain enough rice, lentils, salt, oil and sugar to last for two weeks.

We are now waiting on government approval to proceed with an extended six-month program to meet the needs of vulnerable people, 60 percent of whom are children. 

The situation in Rakhine State

On 25 August, conflict erupted in Myanmar's Rakhine State, sparking a security crackdown. Violence has driven more than 500,000 people, (most of whom identify as Rohingya) across the border into Bangladesh.

World Vision had been providing food through an established aid program in northern Rakhine State without incident since 2016.

As of 25 August, all World Vision staff have been evacuated from Rakhine State and international NGOs are now excluded from the area.

World Vision, along with other aid agencies, has written to the government on behalf of those in need, asking to be granted access.

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The cost per beneficiary is calculated based on the current project budget for the emergency relief response, which includes estimated beneficiary numbers and also incorporates costs associated with the global coordination of the disaster relief activities. World Vision Australia has capped its overheads at 10 percent to cover its fundraising and administration activities to support this appeal. 

Funds raised for an emergency appeal are applied to the emergency response and for rehabilitation activities in the affected areas. Should the funds raised exceed the amount required to meet the emergency needs of the people in affected areas, or if there are changes in circumstances beyond World Vision's control that limit its ability to use all funds in the affected areas, World Vision will use the excess funds to help people in other emergency situations.

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