An urgent need
A major escalation of violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar, has forced more than 655,000 Rohingya people to flee to Bangladesh. They are now living in crowded and incredibly difficult conditions in the sprawling camp of Cox's Bazaar.
Children and families in Bangladesh are in urgent need after fleeing violence in Myanmar. The refugee camp at Cox's Bazaar has become one enormous and sprawling mass. The weather is fluctuating between punishing sun and torrential rain. Children and adults have to walk carefully across bamboo to avoid the streams of waste that run between temporary shelters.
The stories people tell are harrowing. They talk of villages burnt to the ground and family members killed, of sexual violence and terrifying escapes.
They have travelled long distances by foot to find safety. They arrived exhausted and traumatised. Many do not have enough food or clean drinking water, and hundreds of children have been separated from their families in the chaos of fleeing their villages.
You can read more about how this tragedy unfolded and hear first person accounts from refugees here.
Who are the Rohingya?
The Rohingya are a stateless Muslim minority in Myanmar. Before the escalation of violence at the end of August, 2017, there were already around 200,000 Rohingya refugees living in camps and makeshift settlements in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh – having fled previous violent clashes.
Save the Children has been working in Cox's Bazar since 2012, providing vital services to displaced Rohingya children and their families – but now the number of people in need has tripled in an incredibly short space of time and more help is desperately needed.
What we're doing to help
We’re distributing shelter and hygiene kits to families who've arrived with nothing. We’ve set up spaces where children can play, recover and, crucially, continue learning. We’re setting up emergency clinics to address the urgent need for life-saving healthcare. We’re making sure children who are alone get 24-hour protection, and we're working to reunite families.
Learn more about how you can help Rohingya children