Rohingya Refugee Crisis in Bangladesh

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Rohingya refugee crisis — latest news

Close to a million Rohingya people have fled violence in Myanmar to seek refuge across the border in Bangladesh.

Around 626,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh’s south-eastern districts since August last year and hundreds more are arriving every day. This escalating humanitarian and human rights nightmare is the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world. The concentration of refugees in Cox’s Bazar is among the densest in the world, and there are now more Rohingya people in Bangladesh than in Myanmar.


In the early hours of 25 August 2017, violence broke out in Northern Rakhine State, Myanmar and more than 626,000 people have since fled across the border into Cox’s Bazar and Bandarban Districts in southern Bangladesh. The Rohingya who have fled join more than 400,000 others who fled previous bouts of violence since the 1990s and were already living in cramped and makeshift camps. This brings the total refugee population to more than a million.

Overall Situation

The huge influx of refugees has resulted in a critical humanitarian emergency. The Rohingya refugees have faced a treacherous journey across the border fleeing the violence in Myanmar.

Families are in urgent need of life-saving assistance: food, water, sanitation, shelter, health care, and strong support to ensure their safety, dignity and human rights.

Many have arrived with just the clothes on their backs – they need food, clean water and shelter to survive, but above all they need to feel safe. People are living in makeshift tents in hugely overcrowded settlements. Conditions in the camps are woefully inadequate and unhealthy, with overflowing latrines and contaminated water. They’re largely unlit and dangerous at night – women, girls and children are particularly vulnerable to abuse, exploitation and trafficking.

More than half of the refugees are women and 60 percent of these are girls under the age of 18.

There are more than 120,000 pregnant women and mothers with new babies who are among those struggling to survive in cramped camps and settlements that are ill-equipped to deal with their needs. Women like Laila (pictured above with one of her two small children). See her story in the video below or read the photo blog.

Crowded together in makeshift camps with little or no food, shelter and clean drinking water, the risk of waterborne diseases is alarmingly high.

Humanitarian support for the Rohingya refugees has not been able to keep pace with the scale of the crisis and needs to be urgently increased. Around $280 million is still needed in emergency aid over the next few months to improve dire conditions and protect vulnerable people, especially women and children.

What Oxfam is doing

We are on the ground, and have reached some of the most vulnerable people with clean drinking water, emergency food, portable toilets, sanitation facilities and other essential supplies.

With our generous supporters alongside us, we’ve been able to:
• Reach 185,000 people with life-saving aid
• Provide 140,000 people with emergency food
• Provide 185,000 people with safe drinking water
• Build 1, 547 emergency toilets in six refugee settlements

We are also supporting the Government of Bangladesh and humanitarian partners to ensure that newly established refugee camps will meet the necessary humanitarian standards.

This is a crisis of staggering proportion. We must act now. Please donate today.

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