Rohingya Crisis

Hajira and three-month-old Sadeka fled horrific violence in Myanmar.

Like so many other Rohingya families, they crossed the border into Bangladesh and now find themselves in the sprawling, overcrowded refugee camps near Cox’s Bazar.
Photo: ©UNHCR/Roger Arnold

Families like Hajira’s have been through so much. Please help them to survive and rebuild their lives.

Shelter

including extra protection against monsoons.

Clean water

to keep families safe from waterborne diseases.

Essential items

like mattresses, blankets and kitchenware.

What’s happening to the Rohingya people?

Violence and persecution in Myanmar have now driven over a million Rohingya from their homes. These families have often trekked miles through the jungle, or braved dangerous sea voyages to reach safety. They arrive exhausted, hungry and sick – urgently in need of protection and help. 

Who are the Rohingya?

The Rohingya are a stateless Muslim minority in Myanmar. Over a million Rohingya refugees have fled violence in successive waves of displacement since the early 1990s. The latest exodus began on 25 August 2017, when violence broke out in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, driving more than 723,000 to seek refuge in Bangladesh. The vast majority reaching Bangladesh are women and children, and more than 40 per cent are under the age of 12. Many others are elderly people, requiring additional aid and protection.

Where are Rohingya families fleeing to?

Most Rohingyan families cross the border into Bangladesh and end up in the refugee settlements of Kutupalong and Nayapara in the Cox’s Bazar district. But conditions there are tough and the scale of the influx is putting immense pressure on local facilities and services.

What are conditions like in the Rohingya refugee camps?

The camps are vast, overcrowded and basic. Kutupalong is now the largest camp of its kind in the world, with more than 600,000 people living in just 13 km². Infrastructure and services there are stretched to their limits, with many families lacking adequate shelter, clean water and proper sanitation.

How is UNHCR helping?

UNHCR teams lead the protection response and are hard at work in all the refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar – providing life-saving essentials to families. We also support education and healthcare initiatives, such as immunisation programmes to protect against disease. UNHCR also helps refugees fortify their shelters and prepare for the monsoon season.

Where can I access the latest data and reports?

Rohingya Emergency Response – UNHCR’s relief work to protect displaced Rohingya in Bangladesh. 

Bangladesh Operation – latest reports on UNHCR relief work in Bangladesh overall.

Myanmar Situation Portal – for latest updates on the crisis overall, including UNHCR situation reports and funding requirements.

Did you know that 16 million litres of clean water are needed every day to supply Rohingya refugee camps?

Tasmin and Monir escaped violence in Myanmar, but now face another threat – monsoons.

As the rainy season begins and waters rise, their shelter in Kutupalong refugee camp is at risk of flash flooding and landslides.

That’s why UNHCR is helping their family to build a new, reinforced shelter and protect themselves against the heaviest of rains.

Photo: ©UNHCR/Roger Arnold

Tasmin and Monir escaped violence in Myanmar, but now face another threat – monsoons.

As the rainy season begins and waters rise, their shelter in Kutupalong refugee camp is at risk of flash flooding and landslides.

That’s why UNHCR is helping their family to build a new, reinforced shelter and protect themselves against the heaviest of rains.

Photo: ©UNHCR/Roger Arnold