A humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Bangladesh

In the field, Emergencies article written on the 28 Sep 2017

Nearly half a million Rohingya people have crossed into Bangladesh in the last four weeks.

More than a quarter are pregnant women, new mothers and children under five.

Families are crowded together in makeshift camps, without adequate shelter and access safe drinking water. If they are lucky, they may have some plastic sheeting to sleep under, but most of the time they are huddled under sarongs.

Clean water for Rohingya families

8 year old Hasira* carries a jar of drinking water from a local water pump for her family of 11.
Photo: Aurélie Marrier d’Unienville

Having just crossed a torrential river to reach the camps, these families are now confronted by pouring rain and flooding, and the risk of waterborne diseases is alarmingly high.

Women and children are particularly vulnerable in the camps, sleeping under open skies, on roadsides and in forest areas with little or no protection.

We are on the ground responding to the immediate crisis.

Together, we plan to reach more than 200,000 families with clean drinking water, portable toilets, sanitation facilities, tarpaulins and other essential supplies.

donated food for Rohingya families

A Rohingya man carries a bag of donated food aid in the camp.
Photo: Aurélie Marrier d’Unienville

A humanitarian flight carrying 15 tonnes of supplies left our warehouse in the United Kingdom on Friday, with water pumps, material for construction of emergency toilets and water tanks.

Two more humanitarian flights are planned with additional supplies.

We can prevent the worst from happening. But we must act now.

Bangladesh Rohingya Crisis

Rohingya families in Bangladesh are living in terrible conditions. They urgently need clean water and shelter. With your support, we can help families survive in this time of crisis.

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