Rohingya Refugee Appeal

It's now one year since hundreds of thousands of refugees fled to Bangladesh to escape violence in Myanmar. Help us meet the urgent needs of families caught up in this crisis.

Rohingya Refugee Appeal

It's now one year since hundreds of thousands of refugees fled to Bangladesh to escape violence in Myanmar. Help us meet the urgent needs of families caught up in this crisis.

Emergency – Your support is urgently needed

Myanmar-Bangladesh crisis latest news

Monsoon rains are unleashing chaos for 1.2 million people in Cox's Bazar, now home to the world's most densely populated refugee camp.

When violence broke out in Rakhine State in Myanmar in August 2017, more than 700,000 Rohingya people fled for their lives into neighbouring Bangladesh.

They joined an additional 200,000 Rohingya refugees who had already been sheltering in the area for several years. 

Now, monsoon rains are bringing more disaster. Storms have triggered mudslides and flooding, causing havoc and destruction in the refugee camps.

Many Rohingya refugees are in danger of their makeshift homes collapsing altogether.

Children are especially at risk from serious diseases already present in the camps.

They are also in danger of being swept away or being separated from their families in torrential rains.

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880,000+

refugees are living in makeshift shelters

16%

of families are headed by a single mother

55%

of refugees are children


World Vision's response

We are working in a number of camps in Cox's Bazar to help refugee families with shelter, nutrition, water and sanitation, and child protection services.

In one year we've built 77 wells and 1,551 toilets for 154,000 people; upgraded shelters for 10,000 families; and provided 2,000 children with a safe place to play and learn in child friendly spaces.

Your help is urgently needed so that we can continue to protect children and provide emergency items such as:

  • shelter, including tarpaulins
  • health services
  • help for children with malnutrition
  • child friendly spaces
  • wells and toilets
  • kits for mothers with babies

Monsoon rains cause more suffering

A life of fear and running...

At 25, that's all Jorina knows.

The first wave of violence she remembers began six years ago in Myanmar. But when the latest violence erupted, she fled with strangers in any direction. She was two months pregnant at the time.

Today she's living in Cox's Bazar with her husband and two children - Alam aged two and baby Ayaz. For Jorina (pictured right) the camp is a haven from the violence, but it's far from safe.

Flimsy shelters cling to the hillsides for as far as the eye can see. They are no match for torrential monsoon rains - and the worst weather is still to come.

Jorina worries about her children's health. Alam has a severe cold and fever and Ayaz has a stomach infection. In the wet conditions, neither is getting better.

Sickness is not the only danger the children face - a shocking 37 percent of toddlers in the camps are malnourished.

We are helping people like Jorina who's nearly forgotten what her home in Myanmar looks like, For now a leaking, one-room shelter furnished with only plastic floor mats has to be home.

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