Ongoing conflict and famine forcing families from their homes – urgent help needed
Since Aug. 25, 2017, more than 700,000 people from Myanmar have fled
to Bangladesh because of extreme violence in northern Rakhine state, on
the country’s western Bay of Bengal coast. Most of the refugees identify
as Rohingya, a Muslim minority ethnic group, in predominantly Buddhist
Myanmar. Flooding into camps near the town of Cox’s Bazar, they joined
more than 200,000 people who fled to Bangladesh years earlier. About 55
percent of the refugees are children.
Aid agencies are struggling to adequately serve 1.3 million people
who need assistance, including those in local communities. Many refugees
brought little with them and are dependent on humanitarian aid for
shelter, food, clothing, and healthcare. During the monsoon season, they
faced floods and landslides in flimsy shelters.