More than 670,000 Rohingya refugees have been forced to flee their homes and villages due to recent violence and persecution.

Background

Last August, a fresh outbreak of violence in the Rakhine State of Myanmar caused over 670,000 Rohingya refugees to flee across the border into Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, in search of safety.

Many travelled more than a week with limited food and water after witnessing horrific scenes of violence committed against their family and neighbours. Innocent civilians were killed, and villages were burned to the ground. The refugees fled in terror.

To cross the border into Bangladesh, some travelled in makeshift boats and others walked for days in the jungle, arriving injured, hungry and traumatised. They are now reliant on humanitarian assistance for food and other life-saving needs.

Refugees have settled in various camps across Bangladesh. The Kutupalong refugee camp is the largest, with a population of over 600,000.

Families have used the last of their savings to construct shelters on the steep, sandy hills. Made from no more than bamboo and thin plastic, these shelters are at risk of being destroyed over the summer, in the approaching monsoon season.

Medair Rohingya
Medair Rohingya
Medair Rohingya

Nutritional Emergency

The poor living conditions of the refugee camps is causing a nutritional emergency among the refugees.

Water and sanitation facilities in the camps are very limited and of poor quality, particularly in the new extensions. Deep into the extension areas, there is limited humanitarian assistance available and not enough information on how to access aid.

Malnutrition rates are very high and are leaving the population with poor immunity to disease. This, along with lack of facilities, is causing outbreaks of disease, such as cholera, measles and diphtheria. Currently around 100 cases of diphtheria are presenting every day.

New babies are born with visible signs of malnutrition and new mothers are struggling to feed them. Without the right response, the already alarming situation is expected to get worse, particularly with the onset of the monsoon season.

Medair Rohingya

Aaid’s Story

Aaid and his family had to run for his life while his entire village burned behind him and make the terrifying journey to safety.
"And then the worst thing happened, my wife and grandson were shot. I cried!"

Read Aaid’s story