In August 2017, more than 600,000 Rohingya people crossed into Bangladesh, resulting in an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. The massive influx has strained Bangladesh’s capacity to provide for their basic needs. These individuals are living in terrible conditions and need life-saving assistance now, including clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, essential food items and emergency supplies.
The high concentration of displaced people living with almost no basic amenities poses a serious risk on many levels, including increased spread of disease and heightened likelihood of child protection issues like human trafficking, sexual abuse, child labour and child marriage.
The Government of Bangladesh and local authorities are working hard to meet the needs of the refugees. Local Bangladeshi families, with few resources themselves, are taking in the refugees and have been supporting them however they can.
The scale of this crisis means that much more help is needed. People are in desperate need of shelter, food, clean water and sanitation and health services.