More than one million people have arrived in Bangladesh seeking food, shelter and safety. Since 25 August violence intensified in Myanmar's Rakhine province, 646,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh, others remain in the country where supplies are dwindling.
Families need food, water, sanitation, temporary shelter and medical care.
Like most refugees from Myanmar, Humaira (pictured right) has a tragic story to tell. Both her husband and father were killed by gunfire. With her mother and three children, she fled her village in search of safety. Exhausted after many long days walking, the family reached one of the camps set up for refugees. A few days later she gave birth to the baby she had been carrying. When ACT Alliance staff met up with her, she was trying to find a patch of land where she could put up a tarpaulin for shelter. Photo Christian Aid
The majority of the refugees are women and girls who report molestation, rape and killings. They are traumatised and in need of protection.
Cox's Bazaar where most are sheltering is overcrowded. There are few roads and drainage is poor. Tensions are growing, as people scramble for very limited supplies.
The Bangladeshi government and aid agencies are struggling to cope with the desperate and immediate need. The Bangladesh government has allocated about 2,000 hectares for refugee camps. Refugees are moving there even though no infrastructure has been built.
ACT Alliance is responding. They need more funds to help in this desperate situation.
$58 could provide a family with food for 15 days.
$31 could provide a family with shelter.
Please donate to the Rohingya Refugee Appeal now.