Rohingya Refugee Relief: What's Happening and How to Help
Years of strife and conflict between the ethnic minority Rohingya people of Rakhine state in Myanmar and the forces of the Burmese government have escalated since 2016. The military has been accused of gross human rights violations leading the United Nations to levy charges of ethnic cleansing and possible crimes against humanity. Amidst the conflict, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya are fleeing their homes in search of safety in Bangladesh. These refugees face hunger, malnutrition, infection, disease, and other medical ailments, and desperately need access to healthcare and other lifesaving support.
Each of the projects below will support Rohingya refugee relief efforts led by GlobalGiving’s vetted nonprofit partners. This list of responding organizations and their recovery projects will continue to grow as our partners in the affected areas have the capacity to post projects and updates.
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Thousands of people across Myanmar, are displaced, unable to return to their homes. Over 500,000 Rohingya civilians crossed in to Bangladesh to take refuge from Myanmar in recent weeks. There is a dire need of lifesaving healthcare as most of these refugees very sick from long travel, torture, physical and sexual abuse, malnutrition, infections and other ailments.
Rohingya Muslims have been declared as one of the most persecuted ethnic communities by the United Nations. Half a million Rohingya Muslims have fled from their homeland and taken refuge in Bangladesh. They are languishing in camps without basic amenities of life. They need shelter, clothes,food and medicines. Their children are dying due to malnutrition.Customs Health Care society has already started relief activities for them. In coordination with GlobalGiving we intend to do more relief work.
ActionAid is coordinating response in Kutupalong-Balukhali, the world's largest refugee camp. We provide safe spaces for women and girls, food, emergency shelter, clean water, hygiene kits, and toilets, reaching more than 73,000 refugees. Our approach is all about supporting local leadership, women's rights, and advocacy for solutions to the crisis.
Over half a million Rohingya refugees currently live in Bangladesh in the largest and most overcrowded refugee camp in the world. Among them are over 64,000 pregnant women who urgently need maternal health care. UNFPA is providing life-saving services to ensure every childbirth is safe. Help Rohingya refugee mothers deliver their babies safely by funding emergency birth kits and trained midwives to save the lives of mothers and their babies.
About 700,000 Rohingya refugees crossed into Bangladesh to escape persecution in Mynamar in August 2017 and are living in tents without food, clean water or health care. OBAT implemented a relief program in October 2017 to assist the Rohingya refugees with their immediate needs. The program initially focused on providing relief items and immediate medical care. Presently, it addresses the crisis through two key areas- health and education.
A total of 1.2 million Rohingya people have been affected by the crisis in Myanmar, which includes over 650,000 Rohingya refugees arriving in Bangladesh since August 25. The sheer number of refugees has overwhelmed pre-existing refugee camps, with new arrivals seeking shelter anywhere they can find space. A total of 720,000 children - both from new arrivals in Bangladesh, existing Rohingyas and those in vulnerable host communities - are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance,
Rohingya inhabitants of Rakhine State, mostly Muslims who are able to escape in Bangladesh coming from Myanmar. Planning, measuring, counting and coordinating to implement adequate service delivery in action on food, water-sanitation, health-rehabilitation and shelter. Employing more staff in the refugee campaign zone. Also by assisting Government in counting, providing inadequate first aid, food and shelter as well. Ukhiya and Technaf sub-districts under Cox's Bazar district of Bangladesh.
Since violence erupted in Rakhine State, Myanmar in August 2017, more than 900,000 vulnerable Rohingya people (including 500,000 children) have fled to the Cox's Bazar area of neighboring Bangladesh, now home to the world's largest refugee camp. Concern Worldwide provides lifesaving humanitarian assistance to tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees each year, including nutrition services, health center support, shelter and sanitation supplies, and disaster risk reduction.