Rohingya Refugee Crisis: By The Numbers

May 4, 2018


Learn more about the roots of the escalating Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh, and find out how you can help a mother or child fleeing horrific violence.



Date that a small group of Rohingya insurgents linked to the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army conducted a coordinated attack against roughly 30 police outposts in the Rakhine state in western Myanmar. Myanmar’s military and Buddhist extremist groups responded by conducting clearance operations against Rohingya villages and communities.
Source: The New York Times


Decade to which reports of the conflict between the Myanmar government and the Rohingya Muslim community can be traced. Conflict in Myanmar—under British colonial rule until 1948 and once known as Burma—is not new. Colonialism caused a series of violent conflicts in Myanmar, and the Rohingya people belong to a stateless, ethnic minority within the country. Conditions in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, where many Rohingya people have lived for generations, had already compelled hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya to flee their homes in the predominantly Buddhist country prior to the Aug. 25 conflict.
Source: Council on Foreign Relations


Million Rohingya people call Rakhine state home. Rakhine is located in west Myanmar along the Bangladesh border. Though Rohingya have lived in Myanmar for generations, the Myanmar government insists that all Rohingya are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. The state refuses to recognize them as citizens, effectively rendering the majority of them stateless.
Source: Amnesty International


Rohingya villagers who have fled across Myanmar’s western border to seek sanctuary in Bangladesh since the Aug. 25 conflict—half the Rohingya population in Myanmar.
Source: Inter Sector Coordination Group


Date a top United Nations official described the crisis in Rakhine as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”
Source: Reuters


People interviewed by United Nations investigators for a special report about the conditions which led to today’s escalated Rohingya refugee crisis. The report, released in February, details mass atrocities against the Rohingya community, including rape as a weapon of war, the slaughtering of children, and other violent crimes that likely constitute crimes against humanity, which are punishable under international law.
Source: United Nations


Rohingya families that ActionAid International USA intends to help in partnership with GlobalGiving. ActionAid will use every dollar you donate to provide food, clean water, hygiene kits, and emergency shelters to Rohingya families in need.
Source: ActionAid International USA


U.S. dollars needed to cover the cost of one-day’s fuel for a mobile clinic for Rohingya refugees. Thousands of Rohingya refugees have nowhere to go; they’re living on roadsides, in forests, and on farms, according to GlobalGiving partner Nowabenki Gonomukhi Foundation. The foundation is running mobile clinics to meet their urgent medical needs. The mobile clinics don’t require much setup time, and they can reach a lot of people in disparate locations in a short timeframe.
Source: Nowabenki Gonomukhi Foundation


U.S. dollars needed to provide vitamins to a displaced pregnant mother for three months. Hope Foundation for Women & Children of Bangladesh is raising funds to cover these and other urgent costs for women and children caught in the crossfire of the crisis.
Source: Hope Foundation for Women & Children of Bangladesh

You can help meet urgent needs with a donation today to GlobalGiving’s Rohingya Refugee Crisis Fund. Your donation will be sent to GlobalGiving partners on the front lines of the crisis.


Featured Banner Photo: Nearly 500,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh over the last few weeks to escape violence in Myanmar. Photo by Mohammad Ponir Hossain / Reuters.

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