Rohingya Crisis Appeal: How you've helped

When large-scale violence and abuses erupted in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state in August 2017, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya families were forced to flee for their lives. We've heard harrowing accounts of people seeing their homes and villages burnt to the ground, their loved ones shot or raped in front of them.

Over 725,000 people have crossed the border into Bangladesh since, including at least 370,000 children. They travelled for days by foot, often with little more than the clothes on their back.

Arriving in a state of shock, grief and exhaustion, they were in desperate need of food, water, shelter and immediate medical care. More than half of them were children.

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Urgent action was needed to reach children affected by this crisis. Thanks to the phenomenal response from our supporters we were able to scale up our programmes in Bangladesh at an unprecedented rate to help children survive and begin to recover. 

Just one week after Save the Children opened the first inpatient health centre, the first baby was delivered on our maternity ward – mother Humaira* gave birth to baby Rozina*.

Just one week after Save the Children opened the first inpatient health centre, the first baby was delivered on our maternity ward – mother Humaira* gave birth to baby Rozina*.

OUR RESPONSE

Since we launched our response to the crisis, we’ve had an incredible impact for the Rohingya in Bangladesh. Thanks to you, we’ve helped children survive and overcome the daily challenges of life in the camps – where conditions are extremely basic.

  • We’ve run large-scale food distributions and provided access to safe waterWe’ve shared supplies to build, strengthen and repair shelters so families are better prepared for winter and rainy seasons
  • We’ve installed more than 1,000 latrines, over 430 bathing units, and provided essential hygiene items to help protect children against illness and disease
  • We’ve set up ten healthcare posts and a 20-bed, 24/7 inpatient facility. From these facilities we’re providing emergency healthcare, treating the biggest child killers such as malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhoea, and safely delivering babies on our maternity ward. 
  • We’ve screened over 80,000 children under five for malnutrition and we’re supporting mothers with breastfeeding, while raising awareness of child nutrition and hygiene. 
  • We’ve established 185 learning and play areas to give children a safe space to recover, learn, play, and be protected from the high risks of exploitation and abuse that exist in the camps.
  • We’ve found children who have been separated from their families or who need specialist emotional support and we’ve worked to reunite them with family members and provide the tailored support they need.

Since we launched our emergency response over a year and half ago, we’ve reached more than 780,000 people, including 454,000 children with this lifesaving support.

 

 

The battle isn't over yet

More than one million Rohingya people are now living in the overcrowded settlements in Cox’s Bazar, forming the world’s largest refugee camp.

Daily life is still a huge challenge for children and their families. Risks of exploitation and abuse, such as child labour and sexual trafficking, remain extremely high. And children are still being denied access to a formal education.

We’re still working around the clock to deliver lifesaving food, shelter and healthcare support to protect children’s lives. We’re also doing whatever it takes to protect their futures. We’re providing the mental health and wellbeing support they need to recover and fighting for children to continue their education and have the chance for a brighter future.

This crisis is a manifestation of the worst of humanity. But through the incredible response and unwavering commitment from our supporters to stand by Rohingya children, we’ve also seen the best of humanity – thank you.

The Rohinyga Crisis - One Year On

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