Horrific violence has forced more than 620,000 Rohingya people to flee from Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh. More than half the refugees – upwards of 350,000 – are children. And they all tell stories of savage violence. Of bullets and fire. Of brutal rape.
“When the military came to our village, two of the soldiers grabbed a teenage girl. Then they gang-raped her in front of the whole village.
“Her parents had been killed trying to help her. So I washed her and I tried to treat her injuries. She was only 14 years old and she was bleeding heavily. After four days, she died.”
—Kushida*, female, 40 years old, Bangladesh
The United Nations calls it “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”. The Rohingya Crisis is a defining moment in our history. We must do everything we can, and we must do it now.
Those arriving in Bangladesh have travelled long distances by foot to find safety. They are arriving 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 leaving their homes.
Save the Children is on the ground providing food, water and shelter, safe spaces for children, and hygiene kits to stop disease spreading among already vulnerable people. We’re also helping to reunite unaccompanied children with their families.
*Name changed to protect her identity.
Ratios calculated across all of Save the Children’s activities for the year ended 31 December 2016. See our 2016 Annual Report for further details.